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Paul Randle-Jolliffe is a British pseudolaw practitioner who operates Patrocinium Interventus, a "Christian General Law Advocacy Service." Randle-Jolliffe offers "an Alternative as well as a Complimentary[sic] service to Solicitors & Barristers." He has no legal qualifications.
According to Patrocinium Interventus: "Our approach to the law is underpinned with a high regard to the foundations of English Law and that of all Common Law Jurisdictions in the Magna Carta which is an expression of the Biblical foundations of our systems of law."
In point of fact very little of the Magna Carta remains legally operative and the Bible (fortunately) has no influence on current British law.
Nevertheless, this "complementary and alternative legal practice" indeed makes much of the Magna Carta and explaining that Randle-Jolliffe was descended from some Duke or the other, as if that's some kind of legally valid argument. In addition, Randle-Jolliffe has run for office in the Isle of Wight.
Randle-Jolliffe made a submission as a participant in Occupy Wall Street|Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX), which was thrown out by the court and thrown out on appeal. From the judgment:
It is convenient to deal first with one or two rather esoteric arguments raised by Mr Randle-Jolliffe.
First, he challenged the judgment on the ground that it did not apply to him, as a "Magna Carta heir". But that is a concept unknown to the law. He also says that his "Magna Carta rights" would be breached by execution of the orders. But only chapters 1, 9 and 29 of Magna Carta (1297 version) survive. Chapter 29, with its requirement that the state proceeds according to the law, and its prohibition on the selling or delaying of justice, is seen by many as the historical foundation for the rule of law in England, but it has no bearing on the arguments in this case. Somewhat ironically, the other two chapters concern the rights of the Church and the City of London, and cannot help the defendants. Mr Randle-Jolliffe also invokes ‘constitutional and superior law issues’ which, he alleges, prevail over statutory, common law, and human rights law. Again that is simply wrong – at least in a court of law.
Another ground he raised was the contention that the City had no locus standi to bring the proceedings ‘as the current Mayoral position has been previously usurped by the Guilds and Aldermen in Contravention of the City of London’s 1215 Royal Charter’. We do not understand that point, not least because both the Lord Mayor and the Aldermen and Guilds (through the Commonalty and Citizens) are included in the claimants.
His bizarre legal ideas led to 'Scrapper Duncan', one of OccupyLSX's legal team, writing a blog post describing him as a "woo merchant", and his claim that Occupy was not a protest "completely undermined the entire legal case which OccupyLSX rested its defence on". When Mr Randle-Jolliffe complained about this to the Bar Standards Board his complaint was not upheld.
Freeman on the land
Randle-Jolliffe's preoccupation with the the Magna Carta and medieval law is very reminiscent of that shown by the Freeman on the land movement, and he was described by Scrapper Duncan as a "Freeman on the Land charlatan". Randle-Jolliffe denies that he is part of the FoTL movement. Instead, he describes himself as a "hereditary freeman".
- About Us. Patrocinium Interventus.
- SGB Interview with Paul Randle-Jolliffe On The MAGNA CARTA,Occupy, St.pauls And More (PART1)
- Homepage. Patrocinium Interventus.
- Occupy Woo Street
- Paul Randle-Jolliffe: Electoral history and profile. The Guardian.
- Ben. #OccupyLSX and Freemanry. Garrulous Law. 2012 February 22.
- Duncan Roy, "Beware of Paul Randle-Jolliffe if you seek legal advice: he is a woo merchant", Scrapper Duncan, 29 February 2012.
- Duncan Roy, "Complaint by Paul Randle-Jolliffe against barrister dismissed", Scrapper Duncan, 3 May 2012.
- Duncan Roy, "Paul Randle-Jolliffe charges money for legal woo seminars", Scrapper Duncan, 20 May 2012.
- Comments made on this article's talk page, 25 November 2012q.