Following the passing of the Aleister Crowley Act 1899, worked by strange and curious Magicks, law exams became ludicrously easy, which is partially what led to him being dubbed the wickedest man in the world. Every other piece of statute, regulation, common law, bye law and royal prerogative fell by the wayside, to be replaced in totality by Crowley’s pithy new legislation.
If only our beloved Lord Chancellor had been around at the time, he might have acquired his law degree.
Sadly, the passing of the Aleister Crowley Act 1899 led to the complete collapse of the criminal justice system, and distinct difficulties in maintaining individual safety, property and inheritance rights and public order.
As Crowley’s fellow dabbler in the occult later recalled “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold/ Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world/ the blood dimmed tide is loosed” and a major restructure of legislation was called for. Crowley’s Act was repealed, the old legislation given a dusty kiss of life and these days, barely anyone knows that there was ever an interregnum period when the sole piece of legislation in England was Crowley’s Act.
These days, you will not find a copy of the Act in any place, not in the British museum, or in any volume of Halsbury’s Statutes. As the Court of Criminal Appeal observed in Rex v Haddock 1924*, speaking about Mr Justice Mumble, whose judgments they had read with dilligence and something approaching to nausea “it were better that a millstone should be hanged round his neck and he be cast into the uttermost depths of the sea” – which is precisely what happened with all extant copies of Crowley’s Act (and indeed the very limited amount of case law precedent making use of it)
Here is the 1901 law degree exam in full
Question 1. Is ‘do what thou wilt’ ?
(a) None of the law
(b) The Whole of the law
(c) A part of the law
[By the way, if anyone ever tells you that ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law’, be aware that writing ‘possession’ for every answer is very unlikely to give you a 90% mark in the exam]
*If you are not presently familiar with Rex v Haddock, then I have a treat for you. A proper writer on the subject of law, A P Herbert.