To celebrate the formal launch of the University of Bolton Debating Society, students from the School of Law will debate and re-enact the famous Entick v Carrington case.

Two teams will go head to head debating both sides of the landmark argument which established the civil liberties of individuals and limited the scope of executive power.

In 1762 the Earl of Halifax, one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, despatched Nathan Carrington and three other of the King's messengers to John Entick's house in Stepney. They broke into his house, seizing his papers and causing significant damage. Why? Because he was said to have written seditious papers published in the “Monitor”.

Entick sued Carrington and the other messengers for trespass. The defendants argued that the Earl of Halifax had given them legal authority to act as they had.

Lord Camden ruled firmly in Entick's favour, holding that the warrant of a Secretary of State could not render lawful actions such as these which were otherwise unlawful. 

The case is a significant statement of the common law's commitment to the constitutional principle of the Rule of Law.

The event will be the first in a series of debates with both teams coached by leading local law firms.

Professor Stephen Hardy will chair the debate - with the audience voting on who made the most convincing argument on the day – at the end.

Join us to determine whether: ‘This House believes that Entick v Carrington is wrong! The State’s rights should prevail over those of individuals.'

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