History and Law
By James Constant
Copyright © 1993,2013 by James Constant
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HISTORY AND LAW
Before getting to the remaining subjects, it is probably instructive to give a brief history of lawyers and law. To begin with, law codes and records of lawsuits going back to 1,700 B.C., and for centuries thereafter in Mesopotamia and Egypt, show no lawyers. Parties to disputes had to plead their own cases. The courtroom was generally a public place where sat the judges who were mayors, councils of elders, priests, or the sovereign ruler himself. The plaintiff simply stepped up and stated his grievance and the defendant gave his reply. In the record of a trial held in Egypt in 1,375 B.C., the record reports what the plaintiff and defendant said. The famous judgment by Israel's King Solomon came after the parties had each argued their sides to him. .