Civil procedure
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1. Basic elements

Civil procedure is a legally regulated trial procedure for settling  private law disputes peacefully in a court of law. Although the rules of civil procedure were no more uniform in the early modern period than they are today, some broad tendencies may nonetheless be identified.

We must distinguish, on the one hand, between the regulations of the Reichskammergericht (see also Kameralprozess) and the southern and western German territories, which were influenced by …

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Schlinker, Steffen, “Civil procedure”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 January 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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