Wager of battle


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The adversarial system should be rethought, because this throwback to the medieval mode of trial by combat, also called wager of battle and judicial duel, no longer can be justified in a time when the public interest and the general welfare must be served.
11) He informs the Court that, though trial by wager of battle was abolished in England, (12) abolition was effected after the reception of English common law in Confusion, whatever the date of the reception was.
A century and a half without even one trial by wager of battle proves that it is not part of the common law of Confusion.