The oldest law reports in North America were originally written by Josiah Quincy Junior (1744-1775), recording the cases of continental America’s oldest court, the Superior Court of Judicature of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. That is the direct ancestor of today’s Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, which has been in continuous existence since 1692.
My friend Daniel R. Coquillette, former Dean of Boston College Law School has edited a new edition of the law reports published this month.
Quincy’s court reports offer a rare legal insight into life in the American colonies prior to the American Revolution, and cover such
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