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No one accused of homicide will be arrested or placed in prison on the appeal of a woman. The only exception will be if the man who was killed was her husband.
Any fines made unfairly by the king will be canceled. These will be done either immediately or after review of the board of 25 barons plus the archbishop of Canterbury, if he can be present.
These two sections address two practices regarding women the barons found unfair. One was the practice of allowing a woman to accuse a man of murder without physical consequence for herself. Accusations of murder were often resolved by trial by combat. In the case of a woman accuser, the accused man would have to participate in the trial by combat. The female accuser could choose a champion to fight in her place. The other practice was of levying fines and fees on widows for using their rightful estates. These estates include theirs before marriage and those inherited from their deceased husband. Like Section 52, Section 55 expands on an earlier section. Section 7 only concerns future actions, but Section 55 expands on the idea to include reparations for past wrongs in this area.