posted on May, 11 2004 @ 03:18 PM
Martial was originally an adjective, meaning "of Mars," i.e. war-like in appearance or action. This would be the law enforced during wartime
Marshall was originally french: "Marechall" the king's head-groom; the fellow that kept all the king's horses. Eventually, the marshall became
responsible for making sure that all military units under the king were ready for battle.
As the king's man, the "Marshall" was distinct from the "Sheriff," the people's elected peace officer in the Shire.
To this day, in the U.S. Marshalls are appointed, while sheriffs are elected.
There is no legal term "marshall law." It was the name of a TV show.