I am extremely unwilling that we should take upon ourselves to exercise a jurisdiction which the law does not vest in us.
Rex v. Middleton (1819), 1 Chit. Rep. 656.
It is fit that justice should be administered with great caution.Abbott, Charles, 1st Baron Tenterden
Although our powers are great, they are not unlimited they are bounded by some lines of demarcation.Abbott, Charles, 1st Baron Tenterden
A presumption of any fact is, properly, an inferring of that fact from other facts that are known; it is an act of reasoning; and much of human knowledge on all subjects is derived from this source.Abbott, Charles, 1st Baron Tenterden
In drawing an inference or conclusion from facts proved, regard must always be had to the nature of the particular case, and the facility that appears to be afforded, either of explanation or contradiction. No person is to be required to explain or contradict, until enough has been proved to warrant a reasonable and just conclusion against him, in the absence of explanation or contradiction.Abbott, Charles, 1st Baron Tenterden
Prima facie, every estate, whether given by will or otherwise, is supposed to be beneficial to the party to whom it is so given.Abbott, Charles, 1st Baron Tenterden
We cannot suffer a person by his affidavit to arraign the whole justice of the country and its administration.Abbott, Charles, 1st Baron Tenterden
Human society was so constituted, for human nature was so constituted, that the honour and dignity of a father were connected with that of a son; and there was no son who must not be disturbed and disquieted by imputations on his father.Abbott, Charles, 1st Baron Tenterden