parties, if after having been summoned they wish to be present, let him diligently  inquire, [by] questions and answers,1 by the oath of neighbours, through whom the  truth of the matter may more readily be ascertained, and by an examination of the  charters and documents, how many beasts and animals the defendant ought to have  there, by the constitution of a servitude, by the causa of gift, by reason of his tenement,  through vicinage, or by long use. If without limit and throughout, let him  then inquire as to the number of beasts the pasture can accommodate, and how many  he may maintain, according to the time of his feoffment or2 the time of the constitution  of his servitude, and3 if it was then sufficient for all entitled to have common  there; and if it was later rendered insufficient, [whether it was] by over-burdening or  by a new feoffment, by which the others, entitled to intercommon by reason of the  first feoffment, lose their common in part or completely. And all these matters having  been investigated, let the admeasurement proceed, that the excess be reduced to  proper measure. For there is mean and measure and certain bounds beyond and short  of which right cannot exist.4 Note that with respect to overstocking two remedies  are available to intercommoners against the owner of the tenement, either admeasurement  or the assise of novel disseisin of common of pasture, if common is completely  or partially lost through overstocking, just as they lie for the lord against them for  overstocking without his consent, as was said above.5 Similarly several intercommoners  have the same remedies as between themselves, if one of them overstocks.6  [If] several heirs and parceners assign some part of their tenement for pasture in  common and one or some overstock, admeasurement or the assise of novel disseisin  lies, [novel disseisin] not of common of pasture but of a free tenement, as though one  alone wished to appropriate a portion for himself.7 If one attempts to overstock the  pasture otherwise than is permissible or expedient, or to use it otherwise than his  father or mother or other ancestor did, let admeasurement be made by the following  writ.
Writ brought before the justices on the same matter.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. If A. has made you secure with respect to prosecuting  his claim etc. then summon B. by good summoners to be before the justices  at the first session etc. to show why he overburdens the common pasture (or heath)  in such a vill which is appurtenant to his free tenement in that same vill (or in another)  in a manner other than C., the father of B., whose heir he is, was accustomed  to do. And have there etc. The proceedings under this writ are the same as under  that above, and let a summary inquest be made in this case and in that, as ought to  be done in the ecclesiastical court in a case of bastardy.8
1. Reading: per quaestiones (for quae rationes) et responsiones; om: praetendere; infra 187