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Missouri Bar Launches Website to Commemorate 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

Eight hundred years ago, King John placed his seal on a document called “Charter of Liberties” in the meadow at Runnymede, a field not too far away from London. The document, now known as the Magna Carta, promises that no one – no matter how powerful – is above the law.

Although the story of Magna Carta took place in England in 1215, its impact on our society has endured. The principles embodied in Magna Carta were incorporated into our nation’s most cherished founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The Magna Carta also heavily influenced many important rights in our society such as due process, speedy trials, the right to travel and trial by jury.

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. To commemorate this important charter in human history, The Missouri Bar created a website that tells the story of the Magna Carta. Learn about the history of Magna Carta and understand how our American system of government is derived from our English legal heritage through videos, an interactive timeline, lesson plans and additional resources. Plus, learn how you can view the Magna Carta in person thanks to traveling exhibits. All this and more can be found on our website – 800 Years of Magna Carta.

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