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The Right Honourable
Sir Edward Coke
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Chief Justice of the King’s Bench
In office
25 October 1613 â€“ 15 November 1616
Appointed by James I
Preceded by Sir Thomas Fleming
Succeeded by Sir Henry Montagu
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
In office
30 June 1606 â€“ 25 October 1613
Appointed by James I
Preceded by Sir Francis Gawdy
Succeeded by Sir Henry Hobart
Attorney General for England and Wales
Appointed by Elizabeth I
Preceded by Thomas Egerton
Succeeded by Sir Henry Hobart
Solicitor General for England and Wales
In office
16 June 1592 â€“ 10 April 1594
Appointed by Elizabeth I
Preceded by Thomas Egerton
Succeeded by Sir Thomas Fleming
Personal details
Born (1552-02-01)1 February 1552
Mileham, Breckland, Norfolk, England
Died 3 September 1634(1634-09-03) (aged 82)
Godwick, Breckland, Norfolk, England
Nationality English
Spouse(s) Bridget Paston (died 1598) Elizabeth Cecil (died 1646)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Profession Barrister, Politician, Judge

The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
Edward Coke
We have a maxim in the House of Commons, and written on the walls of our houses, that old ways are the safest and surest ways.
Edward Coke
Those who consent to the act and those who do it shall be equally punished.
Edward Coke
So use your own property as not to injure that of another.
Magna Charta is such a fellow, that he will have no sovereign.
You should trust any man in his own art provided he is skilled in it.
Where there are many counsellors there is safety.
Corporations cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
Edward Coke
How long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.
Edward Coke

Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.
Things are worth what they will fetch at a sale.
Success in crime always invites to worse deeds.
Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions.
Edward Coke
One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.
Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason – the law which is perfection of reason.
Edward Coke
Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.
The cause ceasing, the effect ceases also.