Case Law in the Making

The Techniques and Methods of Judicial Records and Law Reports. Vol. 2: Documents

1997. 487 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: 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, The English Ecclesiastical Courts. Appendix - W. H. Bryson, Virginia Law Reports and Records, 1776-1800 - A. Romano, Le "decisiones" della Regia Gran Corte del Regno di Sicilia - G. Vallone, Corti Feudali e poteri di giustizia nel Salento medievale. Appendice - M. Ascheri, Dalla prima instanza all'appello: atti originali della Rota di Siena (sec. XVI) - B. Auzary-Schmaltz, Le Parlement de Paris au Moyen Age: collation de recueils privés et de registres de la Cour - S. Dauchy, Le Parlement de Paris aux Temps Modernes: collation de recueils privés et de registres de la Cour - A. Wijffels, Le Parlement de Dijon: collation de recueils privés et de registres de la Cour - F. Ranieri, Aktenrelationen am Reichskammergericht (16.-17. Jh.). Quellen - A. Wijffels, Grand Conseil de Malines: recueil de jurisprudence de Guillaume de Grysperre. Texte intégral - C. H. van Rhee, Grand Conseil de Malines: L'affaire Jacques Le Sauvaige contre la ville de Malines - J. T. de Smidt / C. Verhas, Le "Hoge Raad": collation de recueils de jurisprudence et de registres de la Cour - G. Dolezalek, Records of a case and respective "decisiones Rotae: Salisburgensis seu Chiemensis Testimonialium, coram Scotto" (1701-1705)

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