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Meaning of Law of the land
The law of the land, has been defined to be the general law; a law which hears before it condemns; which proceeds upon inquiry, and renders judgment only after trial. The meaning is that every citizen shall hold his life, liberty, property, and immunities, under the protection of the general rules which govern society. Everything, which may pass under the form of an enactment is not, therefore, to be considered the law of the land. 207 HI. 368. Lord Coke says that the words “by the law of the land,” mean by the course and process of law by indictment or presentment of good and lawful men, where such deeds be done in due manner or by original writ of the common law. 20 Barb. (N. Y.) 199. Due process of law (q. v.). 2 Yerg. (Tenn.) 50; 6 Pa. St. 86; 4 Hill (N. Y.) 140.
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Law of the land in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims
(1) The general public law of a State, binding upon all the members of the community under all circumstances, and not partial or private laws affecting the rights of private individuals or classes of individuals. 61 Ill. 118; 5 Mich. 254; 50 Miss. 479; 48 N.H. 61; 20 Barb. 199. Also, due process of law.
Note: This legal definition of Law of the land in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.