This might be called AS common (fold) law (riht). It was the collective understanding of rule and custom (not necessarily written down) which could be appealed to - that appeal being immediately understood. -

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  • folkright — /fohk ruyt /, n. a law or right of the people as opposed to that of the privileged classes. [bef. 1000; ME; OE folcriht. See FOLK, RIGHT] * * * …   Universalium

  • folkright — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: translation of Old English folcriht : the right of the people under the customary laws and usages especially in early England …   Useful english dictionary

  • Anglo-Saxon law — Body of legal principles that prevailed in England from the 6th century until the Norman Conquest (1066). It was directly influenced by early Scandinavian law as a result of the Viking invasions of the 8th and 9th centuries and indirectly… …   Universalium

  • folkfree — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: translation of Old English folcfrī : having a free man s rights : having folkright …   Useful english dictionary

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