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Principles & Practice VI



Principles & Practice VI – 1.5 Contact Hours
The Principles & Practice series is a focus on the fundamental principles of land surveying and how those principles impact land surveying practice. The case-in-chief for this edition is Riley v. Griffin, Georgia Supreme Court, 1854. This is the early and classic case that helped to establish the fundamental ‘rules of construction’ for the interpretation of deeds; which rules, in turn, instruct surveyors on important principles in the practice of boundary retracement surveying. This case was decided 35 years after Cherry v. Slade (covered in Principles & Practice IV) and furthers the principles laid down in Cherry in at least three important aspects: 1.) the legal presumption that the government surveys were actually run on the ground; 2.) courses and distance occupy the lowest grade in the scale of evidence; and 3.) extrinsic evidence (including parol evidence) are acceptable for determining boundaries. This is a 2-Page Letter covering one Court Opinion consisting of 7 pages. Altogether, this is a 9-Page document with a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter and the case-in-chief.

OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.