Saturday, December 10, 2005

Bill of Rights 2005

Article I

Parliament shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion; abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to assemble peaceably, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Article II

Cruel and unusual punishments shall not be inflicted. The right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction for a crime for which this penalty is provided by law. Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, except in time of war or public danger.

Article III

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, properties, homes, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall be issued, except upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Article IV

No one shall be compelled to part with their property without due process of law. Private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation

Article V

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury; to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.

Article VI

No person shall be tried for the same offence twice; nor shall anyone be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived liberty, without due process of law.

Article VII

The right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the Realm, than according to the rules of the common law.

Article VIII

The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed, except as proscribed by law.

Article IX

Taxation of the people shall be done in a manner which is simple, clear and just. The right of the people to retain a majority of their income will not be infringed. Any raising of revenue shall first be put to the people in a referendum, except in time of war or public danger.

Article X

The enumeration in this bill, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. However the enumeration of rights in this bill and of others retained by the people apply only to citizens of this Realm and not to aliens


Therefore we firmly enjoin that the people in our Kingdom have and hold all the aforesaid liberties, rights and concessions, well and peaceably, freely and quietly, fully and wholly for themselves and their heirs, in all respects and in all places for ever

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