Magna Carta Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Magna Carta, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Magna Carta?

(n) ‘Magna Carta’ is document accepted by King John of England on June 15, 1215 which contains a series of laws establishing the rights of English barons and major landowners thereby limiting the authority of the King. The Latin word which means ‘great charter’ is then used as a synonyms of all written citizen’s rights and as foundation stones of statutes and laws . Magna Carta is the basis of individual rights and considered as a part of the English Constitution where there is no written constitution