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Consilia (from Latin consilium, “council” or “counsel”) were an important feature of legal practice (cf. Law) in the early modern Holy Roman Empire. The preparation of consilia - that is, formal legal opinions regarding legal disputes and problems - was intimately tied to the institution of transmissio actorum (the dispatch of records of proceedings), which was of key importance for the administration of justice (Judiciary). In many territories of the Empire, courts of law did not autonomously decide criminal and civil cases, but rather entrusted the task of judgment to ex…

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Falk, Ulrich, “Consilia”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_022542>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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