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Entick v Carrington 19 Howell's State Trials 1029 (1765) TOP

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Held in BAILII as part of the Open Law project. The case establishes the common law principle of a basic right to a home free from invasion and that the executive, nor its servants, cannot lawfully assume powers which are not known to the courts. The case is of such constitutional significance that Jefferson is said to have had it in mind when framing the US Constitution.