The trust of Grays Institute takes, as its model, the work of Gray's Inn, a school of law, in London during the Middle Ages. The students of Gray's Inn at that time provided the first law reports by the distribution of their case summaries, based on their observations of the conduct of cases in court. These early reports gradually were improved and eventually were superseded by official law reports following the Enlightenment.
Case reports made possible the development of the doctrine of precedent in the common law, whereby the rules of law were stated and refined by reference to the circumstances of actual conflicts between litigants. The doctrine of precedent allowed people to plan their compliance with the law, and guided people in their social behaviour and expectations. Its consistency was regarded as an integral part of justice and its delivery. Grays Institute gives students the opportunity to use superexpert technology for learning the law in an information age of technology.
Students will be assisted by Grays Institute to provide free, online educational legal expert systems in order to make law accessible, comparable and examinable throughout the world. In addition to student applications, specialist lawyers may be engaged by Grays Institute to construct educational eGanges applications, or to review and/or edit applications of other specialists or applications of students.
Grays Institute is named after its trustee, Dr Pamela N. Gray, but her name's association with Gray's Inn is coincidental, or at best, history repeating itself. Dr Gray is admitted to legal practice in England as well as in Australia, and during the 1970s, she practised law for several years with a law firm in Bedford Row, London, near to Gray's Inn.
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