“The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists of the right of every individual to claim protection of the laws, wherever he receives an injury, one of the first duties of government is to afford that protection…[I]t is a general and indisputable rule, that where there is a legal right, there is also a legal remedy by suit, or action at law, whenever that right is invaded…[E]very right, when withheld, must have a remedy, and every injury its proper redress. The Government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws, and not of men. It will certainly cease to deserve this high appellation, if the laws furnish no remedy for the violation of a vested legal right.”

Source: Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 163 (1803)


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