law of the land

law of the land
- due process of law (q.v.). Body of law consisting of court decisions, statutes, and treaties.
See U.S. Const., Art. VI, No. 2.
By the law of the land is most clearly intended the general law which hears before it condemns, which proceeds upon inquiry, and renders judgment only after trial. Dupuy v. Tedora, 204 La. 560, 15 So.2d 886, 891.
The meaning is that every citizen shall hold his life, liberty, property, and immunities under the protection of general rules which govern society.
- law

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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