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Here we write about the Law of the Commons. The focus of the site is on the law in England and Wales, but we link to information about other jurisdictions as we become aware of how they worlk.

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Here we list a number of sites and resources about the various forms of the commons. This page helps us track Changes to the Commons:

The legal position concerning common land has been confused, but recent legislation has sought to remedy this and remove the legal uncertainties so that commons can be better used and protected.

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COMMON. or right of common, English law. An encorporeal hereditament, which consists in a profit which a man has in the lands of another. 12 S. & R. 32; 10 Wend. R. 647; 11 John. R. 498; 2 Bouv. Inst. 1640, et seq - thefreedictionary

The act of transferring resources from the commons to purely private ownership is known as ''enclosure'', or (especially in formal use, and in place names) ''Inclosure''. The Inclosure Acts were a series of private Acts of Parliament, mainly from about 1750 to 1850, which enclosed large areas of common, especially the arable and haymeadow land and the better pasture land.

Commons are often crossed by unfenced public roads, and this leads to another problem on modern pasture commons where grazing survives (or is to be reintroduced).

Some commons are managed by Boards of Conservators (Conservators) for the wider public benefit.

Development of common land is strictly controlled. The government states that common land should be open and accessible to the public, and the law restricts the kind of works that can be carried out on commons.

# Other Jurisdictions

Commoning has probably existed in Scotland for over a millennium.

Common land, an English development, was used in many former British colonies, for example in Ireland and the United States.

A "partition unit" is a corporation that owns common land. In this case, the land is not state-owned or in joint-ownership under a trust, but is owned by a definite partition unit, a legal partnership whose partners are the participating individual landowners.