The Legal Significance of Magna Carta

The legacy of Magna Carta has been celebrated with an outpouring of speeches from senior members of the judiciary, lauding the symbolic agreement but also cautioning about historical over-interpretation. The document signed by rebel barons and sealed on behalf of King John at Runnymede 800 years ago on Monday was swiftly repudiated, revised and reissued, ensuring that its true legal inheritance has been contested repeatedly over the centuries.