4. Every person shall be in peace
All his liege people and subjects may freely and peaceably, in his sure and quiet protection, go and come to his courts, to pursue the laws, or defend the same, without disturbance or impediment of any.
5. Full justice shall be done
Full justice and right be done, as well to the poor as to the rich, in his courts aforesaid.
1 About the endnotes
Amending and modifying laws are annotated in the legislation history and the amendment history. Current modifications are not included in the republished law but are set out in the endnotes.
Not all editorial amendments made under the Legislation Act 2001, part 11.3 are annotated in the amendment history. Full details of any amendments can be obtained from the Parliamentary Counsel's Office.
Uncommenced amending laws and expiries are listed in the legislation history and the amendment history. These details are underlined. Uncommenced provisions and amendments are not included in the republished law but are set out in the last endnote.
If all the provisions of the law have been renumbered, a table of renumbered provisions gives details of previous and current numbering.
The endnotes also include a table of earlier republications.
If the republished law includes penalties, current information about penalty unit values appears on the republication inside front cover.
2 Abbreviation key
|am = amended||ord = ordinance|
|amdt = amendment||orig = original|
|ch = chapter||p = page|
|cl = clause||par = paragraph|
|def = definition||pres = present|
|dict = dictionary||prev = previous|
|disallowed = disallowed by the Legislative||(prev...) = previously|
|Assembly||prov = provision|
|div = division||pt = part|
|exp = expires/expired||r = rule/subrule|
|Gaz = Gazette||reg = regulation/subregulation|
|hdg = heading||renum = renumbered|
|IA = Interpretation Act 1967||reloc = relocated|
|ins = inserted/added||R[X] = Republication No|
|LA = Legislation Act 2001||s = section/subsection|
|LR = legislation register||sch = schedule|
|LRA = Legislation (Republication) Act 1996||sdiv = subdivision|
|mod = modified / modification||sub = substituted|
|No = number||SL = Subordinate Law|
|num = numbered||underlining = whole or part not commenced|
|o = order||or to be expired|
|om = omitted/repealed|
This Act was originally a UK Act—(1400) 2 Hen 4 c 1 (UK). The Act was renamed as the Free Access to Courts Act 1400 when it was first republished under the Legislation Act 2001.
The Act was in force in NSW immediately before 1 January 1911 (the date of establishment of the ACT) and was continued in force by the Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909 (Cwlth), s 6.
Under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910 (Cwlth), s 4 the Act had effect in the ACT as if it were an ACT law (subject to ordinances made under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910).
The Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwlth), s 34 (4) converted most former UK laws in force in the ACT into ACT enactments. This allowed the ACT Legislative Assembly to amend and repeal the laws. This Act was converted into an ACT enactment on 11 May 1989 (self-government day).
Under the Interpretation Act 1967 (repealed), s 65 all former UK Acts in force in the ACT immediately before 10 November 1999 (including this Act) became, for all purposes, laws made by the ACT Legislative Assembly. This completed the process of making former UK Acts fully into ACT laws.
Free Access to Courts Act 1400 2 Hen 4 c 1
as amended by
Imperial Acts Application Act 1986 No 93 s 5 and sch 3 pt 6
notified 12 January 1987 (Cwlth Gaz 1986 No S1)
s 5 and sch 3 pt 6 commenced 12 January 1987 ( s 2 (1))
4 Amendment history
The Imperial Acts Application Act 1986 (the 1986 Act), sch 3, pt 6 set out the text of this Act in an amended form and provided for the amended form to apply as the text of the Act in force in the ACT (see 1986 Act, s 5 (1), (4) and (5)).
Sections 1 to 3 (which confirmed the rights of the church and the rights, liberties and franchises granted by the King's predecessors) were omitted by the 1986 Act because they were obsolete and unnecessary.
This Act has not been amended since the enactment of the 1986 Act, except under the Legislation Act 2001.
Name of Act
am R1 LA
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