William Murray Mansfield citáty
William Murray Mansfield
Datum narození: 2. březen 1705
Datum úmrtí: 20. březen 1793
William Murray Mansfield byl britský soudce.
Citáty William Murray Mansfield
„Tut, man, decide promptly, but never give any reasons for your decisions. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.“
When asked by an army officer, appointed governor of a west Indies island and who had no experience in law, how to apply the law. Quoted by John Cordy Jeaffreson in A Book About Lawyers http://books.google.com/books?id=lUpqPJSlBS8C&q="tut+man+decide+promptly+but+never+give+any+reasons+for+your+decisions+your+decisions+may+be+right+but+your+reasons+are+sure+to+be+wrong"&pg=PA85#v=onepage, Volume 1 (1867).
„As mathematical and absolute certainty is seldom to be attained in human affairs, reason and public utility require that judges and all mankind in forming their opinions of the truth of facts should be regulated by the superior number of the probabilities on the one side or the other whether the amount of these probabilities be expressed in words and arguments or by figures and numbers.“
Reported in Andrew Stuart, Letters to the Right Honorable Lord Mansfield (1773), p. 29.
Bird v. Gunston (1785), 3 Doug. 275.
Fisher v. Prince (1762), 3 Burr. Part IV. 1365.
„Whatever is contrary, bonos mores est decorum, the principles of our law prohibit, and the King's Court, as the general censor and guardian of the public manners, is bound to restrain and punish.“
Jones v. Randall (1774), Lofft. 386.
Swann v. Broome (1764), 3 Burr. Part IV., p. 1597.