What is BUTLER’S ORDINANCE?

In English law. A law for the heir to punish waste in the life of the ancestor. “Though it be on record iu the parliament book of Edward I., yet it never was a statute, nor ever so received ; but only some constitution of the king’s council, or lords in parliament, which never obtained the strength or force of an act of parliament” Hale, Hist. Eng. Law, p. 18.

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