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However, in 1774, the British Parliament passed the Quebec Act, which restored the French civil law for matters of private law ( e. g., contracts, property, successions ), while keeping the English common law as the basis for public law in the colony, notably the criminal law.

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However, in 1774, the British Parliament passed the Quebec Act that allowed Qu├ębec to restore the use of French customary law (" Coutume de Paris ") in private matters alongside the British common law system, and allowing the Church to collect tithes on Roman Catholics businesses and property.

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