I've read in a few novels recently of British characters in Britain using a "yellow legal pad".
Are these yellow legal pads known and used in Britain?

When were they introduced?
I don't recall any such things in my time in Britain in the 1960s

As far as I know they are strictly an American device.

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I've read in a few novels recently of British characters in Britainusing a "yellow legal pad". Are these yellow legal ... things in my time in Britain in the 1960s As far as I know they are strictly an American device.

We just call them yellow pads. We've had them for decades. What exactly is it that makes them 'legal'?

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using a We just call them yellow pads. We've had them for decades. What exactly is it that makes them 'legal'?

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Don't tell my girlfriend that. She might call the police.

Redwine
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We just call them yellow pads. We've had them for decades. What exactly is it that makes them 'legal'?

"Letter size" and "legal size" correspond roughly
to A4 and A3, respectively.
Yes, not only roughly, but also respectively, as well.
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The standard page size in the US is 8.5" x 11". Three-ring binders, , file folders, and filing cabinets accommodate this size. There's a second standard here call "legal" which is 8.5" x 14". I've never seen three-ring binders available for this size, but there are file folders and filing cabinets for this size.
Most legal documents seem to be printed on this 8.5" x 14" size. I suppose that's because lawyers take more words to say what the rest of us can say in fewer words.
Those yellow pads are available in the 8.5" x 14" size, and are sometimes called "legal evidence pads". The "legal" part just carried over to the 8.5" x 11" size.
The pads are available pre-punched with two holes at the top margin. The sheets, then, can be filed in folders with metal prongs at the top so the sheets can be kept in order within the folder.

I've used "standard" above, but there are many exceptions to "standard". Spiral bound notebooks are usually 8" x 10.5" with the spiral binding on the side. "Steno" pads, with top spiral binding, are usually smaller (I don't have one at hand to measure) and are sometimes call "Gregg pads" because stenographers used the Gregg shorthand system.
using a We just call them yellow pads. We've had them for decades. What exactly is it that makes them 'legal'?

The standard page size in the US is 8.5" x 11". Three-ring binders, , file folders, and filing cabinets accommodate ... don't have one at hand to measure) and are sometimes call "Gregg pads" because stenographers used the Gregg shorthand system.

Ooh, goody, a stationery thread!
A4, "standard" page size in the UK, is slightly narrower than 8.5" and longer than 11". If I could remember where I left my ruler I could tell you the exact measurements. Levenger - I have just been drooling over the latest catlaogue - don't seem to sell rulers.

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We just call them yellow pads. We've had them for decades. What exactly is it that makes them 'legal'?

"Letter size" and "legal size" correspond roughly to A4 and A3, respectively. Yes, not only roughly, but also respectively, as well.

I don't think so. Letter is 8.5x11 inches, legal is 8.5x14. A4 is
8.27x11.69, A3 is 11.69x16.54. There's quite a bit of differencebetween (however roughly you call it) 8.5x14 and 11.5x16.5. Ledger paper is roughly A3 (11x17).
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