Beard, Charles Austin. The Office of the Justice of the Peace in England, in its Origin and Development. Originally published: New York: Columbia University Press, 1904. 184,  pp. Reprinted 2001 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13:9781584771029; ISBN-10: 158477102X. Hardcover. New. $60. * Beard's first book, in which he points out that the office of the justice of the peace was originally a creation of the Crown, traces the struggle of the office to establish its independence. "It was the King's Peace that after many ages swallowed up every other 'peace,' and it is as a phase of the prolonged struggle for mastery between the principle of centralized administration and the principle of local independence that we must view the evolution of the office of Justice of the Peace. This is well brought out by Dr. Beard, and he is especially clear in tracing the long series of tentative steps and experiments that led up to the final establishment of the office by the statute of 1360." H.J.R., Law Quarterly Review 21:186-188 as cited in Marke, A Catalogue of the Law Collection at New York University (1953) 198.
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