15 Ill.L.R. 61 (1920-1921)
Arrangement of the Law

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LAW REVIEW
Volume XV               JUNE, 1920                 Number 2
ARRANGEMENT OF THE LAW
By HENRY T. TERRY
In substance our law isexcellent, full of justice and good sense,
but in form it is dhaotic. It has no systematic arrangement which
is generally recognized and used, a fact which greatly increases the
labors of lawyers and causes unnecessary litigation. Probably the
best way would be to put the law into the form of a code, whose
arrangement would be authoritative and would quickly become
known to the courts and the bar. Also there are a few old rules
and distinctions that have remained sticking in the law, whose
origin can be accounted for historically but for whose continued
existence there is no rational reason. Those could be got rid of in
a code; but in an arrangement which was not authoritative they
would have to be retained, and would be anomalies. It may be,
however, that the time is not yet ripe for codification, and that the
best that is now practically obtainable is an arrangement put out
and vouched for by some body or institution which might not have
legislative authority but whose opinion would carry weight, such as
the American Bar Association or one or more of the .great law
schools. Such an arrangement, if it met with wide approval, would
serve as a basis for a code.
The arrangement of public law, including criminal law, pre-
sents little difficulty. In most places that part of the law has been
already put into statutes which are practically codes, whose ar-
rangement is usually good enough. The same is true of the ad-
jective law, the law of evidence and procedure, as to which it is
also the case that uniformity is not desirable, some states being
able to get along with a much simpler procedure than others.
What does need arrangement, and needs it very badly, is the private

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