I remember learning in school about how men in England were grouped together in a group of 12 or so and were responsible for eachothers actions (breaking law, debt, etc). What was the name of this practice?

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    er, what or when is "old England"? May 28, 2014 at 12:47

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Is it possible that you're referring to the Frankpledge?

That wasn't a group of 12 men, but it was a group of men over the age of 12. Their households were collectively responsible for one another's conduct.

For completeness, both @RazieMah & @andy256 point out that the term you're seeking may be tithing, which is a territorial unit (1/10th of a hundred) of people who swear the frankpledge. Credit to them, but I'm updating the answer so that it is a better reference.

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    I suspect that blarg is looking for tithing. I would post my own answer, but it's just one step from yours :-)
    – andy256
    May 28, 2014 at 22:39
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    Yes, I agree with @andy256 The answer is tithing.
    – Razie Mah
    May 29, 2014 at 20:29

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