Are You A Civilian? Do You Want To Be? What Are You Saying When You Say "I'm A Civilian?"Submitted by vinceableworld on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 09:41
When I saw this it blew me away check this out:
Confirmed by Black's Law Dictionary 5th Edition:
Civilian. Private citizen, as distinguished from such as belong to the armed services, or (in England) the church. One who is skilled or versed in the civil law.
So when you are walking into a court you are presumed to be someone who is "skilled or versed in civil [roman] law." Funny how knowing the meanings of words really changes things.
It's important to note that "civil law" is not "common law." Civil law is complicated on purpose. Common law is a matter of common sense and statutes do not apply.