Case Law in the Making

The Techniques and Methods of Judicial Records and Law Reports. Vol. 1: Essays

1997. 375 S.
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By the end of the middle ages and in early-modern Europe, judges in superior or central courts had risen to a prominent position in society and played a crucial role in legal developments. Whether in the Common Law system or in continental Europe, the courts' decisions became a focus for legal reasoning, forensic arguments and doctrine. Yet, it remains controversial to what extent these developments reflected the emergence of case-law in a modern sense. From a comparative perspective, it is also questionable whether, in spite of obvious institutional and procedural differences, the Common Law and the European Civil Law traditions produced a corpus of judge-made law which, if not by the way it was elaborated, at least by its results in the respective legal systems, played a similar role in the constant interaction between the various sources of law. The present volumes, which are a sequel to the volume "Judicial Records, Law Reports, and the Growth of Case Law" (J. H. Baker ed.), published in 1989, specifically consider the relationship between judicial records and law reports. The emphasis of the contributions is on the techniques applied by the authors of both records and reports. Records, whether in the Common Law tradition or in continental Europe, developed mainly in order to satisfy procedural requirements, whereas the authenticity of early reports did not meet the same standards as in modern times. Both these observations raise the question of the purpose of records and reports in the law-making process. Volume 1 contains essays discussing these questions in the Anglo-American tradition (Common Law, Equity, English Canon Law) and in various continental-European traditions (Italy, France, Germany, the Low Countries and the Roman Catholic Church). Volume 2 illustrates these essays by producing extensive samples of both records and reports in the systems reviewed in the first volume. Thus, the present publication offers the unique combination of scholarly texts which review the latest results of current legal-historical debates on the role of judges' decisions in medieval and early modern law, and, for the first time, a source-book of the courts' practices and the reporters' methods in a wide range of legal systems.


Inhalt: D. J. Ibbetson / A. Wijffels, Case Law in the Making: The Techniques and Methods of Judicial Records and Law Reports - J. H. Baker, The Common-Law Courts of Medieval England: Year Books and Plea Rolls - D. J. Ibbetson, Report and Record in Early-Modern Common Law - W. H. Bryson, Equity Reports and Records in Early-Modern England - R. H. Helmholz, Records and Reports: The English Ecclesiastical Courts - W. H. Bryson, Virginia Law Reports and Records, 1776-1800 - A. Romano, La Regia Gran Corte del Regno di Sicilia - C. Vallone, Corti feudali e poteri di giustizia nel Salento medievale - M. Ascheri, La Rota della Repubblica di Siena nel secolo XVI - B. Auzary-Schmaltz / S. Dauchy, Le Parlement de Paris - B. Auzary-Schmaltz, Les recueils d'arrêts privés au Moyen Age - S. Dauchy, Les recueils privés de 'jurisprudence' aux Temps Modernes - J. Bart, Les archives judiciaires du Parlement de Dijon - M. Petitjean, Les recueils d'arrêts bourguignons - F. Ranieri, Entscheidungsfindung und Technik der Urteilsredaktion in der Tradition des deutschen Usus modernus: das Beispiel der Aktenrelationen am Reichskammergericht - A. Wijffels, Grand Conseil de Malines: La rédaction des sentences étendues et le recueil de jurisprudence de Guillaume de Grysperre - J. T. de Smidt / C. Verhas, Le "Hoge Raad" (La Haye), Cour Suprême de Hollande, Zélande et Frise Occidentale - G. Dolezalek, Litigation at the Rota Romana, particularly around 1700

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»Der Band eröffnet reiche Einsichten in die Vielfalt überlieferter Quellen zur Tätigkeit höchster Gerichte in ganz Europa. Allein der Quellenband liefert lohnende und farbige Lektüre. Die Aufsätze selbst reichen über bloße Quellenkunden weit hinaus. Sie führen vor Augen, in welcher Weise die Quellen einerseits in ihrer jeweiligen Eigenart akzeptiert werden müssen, damit andererseits sodann aus ihrem Verständnis Einsicht in ihre Funktion und in die Arbeits- und Denkweise der mit ihnen befaßten Juristen gewonnen werden kann.« Hans Peter Glöckner, in: Ius Commune, 27 (2000)

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