Updated version of “Magna Carta 61”

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SINCE WE HAVE GRANTED ALL THESE THINGS for God, for the better ordering of our kingdom (County), and to allay the discord that has arisen between us (the people) and our barons (selected peers / assembly), and since we (the people) desire that they (the selected peers / assembly) shall be enjoyed in their entirety, with lasting strength, forever, we (the people) give and grant to the barons (selected peers / assembly) the following security:

The barons (selected peers / assembly) shall elect twenty-five (Grand Jurists) of their number to keep, and cause to be observed with all their might, the peace and liberties granted and confirmed to them by this charter.

If we (the people), our chief justice (sheriff), our officials, or any of our servants offend in any respect against any man (or woman), or transgress any of the articles of the peace or of this security, and the offense is made known to four (administrators) of the said twenty-five barons (Grand Jurists), they (the administrators) shall come to us (the elected servants) – or in our absence from the kingdom to the chief justice (sheriff) – to declare it and claim immediate redress. If we (the elected servants), or in our absence abroad the chief justice (sheriff), make no redress (action) within forty days, reckoning from the day on which the offense was declared to us (the elected servants) or to him (sheriff), the four barons (administrators) shall refer the matter to the rest of the twenty-five barons (Grand Jury), who may distrain upon and assail us (elected servants) in every way possible, with the support of the whole community of the land, by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, or anything else saving only our own person and those of the queen (wife) and our children, until they (the administrators) have secured such redress as they (the administrators) have determined upon. Having secured the redress, they (the servants) may resume their normal obedience to us (the people).

Any man who so desires may take an oath to obey the commands of the twenty-five barons (Grand Jurist) for the achievement of these ends, and to join with them in assailing us (the servants) to the utmost of his power. We (the Grand Jurists) give public and free permission to take this oath to any man who so desires, and at no time will we (the Grand Jurists) prohibit any man from taking it. Indeed, we (the Grand Jurists) will compel any of our subjects who are unwilling to take it to swear it at our (the Grand Jury’s) command.

If one of the twenty-five barons (Grand Jurists) dies or leaves the country, or is prevented in any other way from discharging his duties, the rest of them shall choose another baron (Grand Jurist) in his place, at their discretion, who shall be duly sworn in as they were.

In the event of disagreement among the twenty-five barons (Grand Jurists) on any matter referred to them for decision, the verdict of the majority present shall have the same validity as a unanimous verdict of the whole twenty-five (Grand Jurists), whether these were all present or some of those summoned were unwilling or unable to appear.

The twenty-five barons (Grand Jurists) shall swear to obey all the above articles faithfully, and shall cause them to be obeyed by others to the best of their power.

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