Lydford law

Lydford law

“hang first; try later.” [Br. Hist.: Espy, 160]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
It was used as a prison in which summary justice reigned, giving rise to a Devonshire saying: "First hang and draw, then hear the cause by Lydford Law." The castle's spectral inhabitant is said to be Judge Jeffreys who is bizarrely said to haunt the place in the guise of a huge black pig.
Ervin, Jr., Preventive Detention, A Species of Lydford Law, 52 GEO.