You want to start a Common Law Court?Bad idea. Here's why. Look into the case of Susan Mokdad and Emilio Ippolito in Tampa.
They got jailed in 1996 for common law court nonsense. She died in prison. If I were you I would ignore the political philosophy of "Sir David Andrew," but here are some pages of interest. Pass this message on to others contemplating common law courts.
This web site shows some of the history of the Ippolito case:
Florida Common Law Court
Newspaper accounts of the story
Take note that the Florida Constitution, like the constitutions of the US and other states, created the Judicial Branch of government and, along with related laws, establish the judicial and administrative court systems. Anyone attempting to set up a common law court has to worry about subpoena power, judge and prosecutor competence and integrity, juror qualification selection, broad publication of opinions, agreement of the parties to abide by court opinions, and enforcement of opinions. This non-trivial undertaking. Such courts could play a role of arbitration proceedings, and then seek the assistance of the state court system to resolve problems as the final arbiter.
All of this explains why I see common law courts as a pipe dream concocted by people with no clue about the ideals of good government.
The ADL has a good article on Common Law Court movement, http://archive.adl.org/mwd/common.html, showing that a Texas Appeals Court said this in 1992:
"We hold that the Common Law Court for the Republic of Texas, if it ever existed, has ceased to exist since February 16, 1846."
Florida's courts operated according to a combination of common and statutory law from its various historical antecedents under under requirement of this Florida Statute:
2.01 Common law and certain statutes declared in force.—The common and statute laws of England which are of a general and not a local nature, with the exception hereinafter mentioned, down to the 4th day of July, 1776, are declared to be of force in this state; provided, the said statutes and common law be not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States and the acts of the Legislature of this state.History.—s. 1, Nov. 6, 1829; RS 59; GS 59; RGS 71; CGL 87.
Florida has roots in a variety of law sources as described in Volume III of the 1941 Florida Statutes
Readers can see the common law rules of court in the 1941 edition of the Florida Statutes:
So, of COURSE Florida's courts operated by common law rules. And the Supreme Court has integrated them into the present array of rules by which the courts operate today. You could say THESE constitutional courts ARE the common law courts, modernized for the needs of society today. Therefore you don't need to run around and set up your own.
If you don't like them, use your organizational and campaigning skills to start a political movement to change them.