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(p. 535) 16. Equitable maxims, doctrines, and remedies 

(p. 535) 16. Equitable maxims, doctrines, and remedies
(p. 535) 16. Equitable maxims, doctrines, and remedies

Gary Watt

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date: 18 January 2020

In general, the leading court cases on equitable doctrines and remedies are very old. The fact that they still have the power to determine modern cases proves that equity is inherently adaptable. Originally developed by the old Court of Chancery in constructive competition with the common law courts, equity is now applied (since the Judicature Acts 1873–1875) by the unified Supreme Court of England and Wales. In addition, equity, as a dimension of law, has retained its special function of restraining or restricting the exercise of legal rights and powers in certain cases. This chapter considers particular principles (including maxims), doctrines (including conversion, satisfaction, performance, and election), and remedies that have been developed over time to help predict the way in which equity will operate in various types of cases.

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