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The Rule of Law

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"It is the great beauty of the Law that it can dispute any human statement, made under any circumstance..."
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins who had trained as a lawyer.

The Rule of Law

Contents (Note: the law here refers to Englanand Wales only)

Ownership of Paths Surface, 'Spits' & Toilets

2 'Creation' and 'Creation' Making public paths public

Widths How wide is a path?

Path structures: Gap Gate and Stile, which has some legal content.

5 Structures in orders - an inspector's view


7 Maintenance of structures, whose job?

Link to 'Hoogstraten' appeal court judgment Nov 2002

The use of Common Law for Abatement

10 Link to Planning Inspectorate

11 The CROW Act

12 'Significantly interferes' The Kidner case