Full Faith and Credit to Judgments and Public Acts

Interest here is concentrated on full faith and credit for public acts. But what led to insertion of the command respecting public acts cannot be divorced historically from the study of the command of full faith for judgments. The whole field, therefore, has been included in the reexamination. Clarifications obtainable on the “judgments” side, it will be seen, help also on the “public acts” side. On both sides there are historical facts which deserve greater attention than has been hitherto given, and if, as a result, some of the myths surrounding the’ Lawyers Clause are exploded, the rethinking may have consequences fully compensating for a seeming loss. The analysis has been carried through to the events of our own days.