The Reports of Edward Bulstrode
by Edward Bulstrode
Edward Bulstrode (c.1588–1659) was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1606 but rose very slowly in the legal profession. He was named an utter barrister in 1614 but did not become a bencher until 1629. In 1653, Bulstrode was appointed chief justice for north Wales. Bulstrode composed his reports in French then translated them into English before selecting "the fittest and choicest cases" for publication. His volume covers King's Bench cases from 1609-1639 and apparently utililizes Plowden's methods–"there cannot be a stronger recommendation." However, "Bulstrode's reputation as a reporter was not high."
Author: Edward Bulstrode.
Title: The Reports of Edward Bulstrode ... in Three Parts. Of Divers Resolutions and Judgments Given ... by the Grave, Reverend, and Learned Judges and Sages of the Law, of Cases and Matters in the Law with the Reasons and Causes of Their Said Judgments, Given in the Court of King's Bench, in the Time of the Reign of King James I. and King Charles I.
Publication Info: London: Printed by W. Rawlins, S. Roycroft, and M. Flesher, assigns of Rich. and Edw. Atkyns esquires, for H. Twyford, T. Bassett, T. Dring, 1688.
Edition: Second edition; 3 parts in 1 volume.
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