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1. Medieval origins

The German word Gerichtsbote, widespread since the mid-14th century, indicates lower-level court personnel (Judiciary); it derives from the terms Büttel (Beadle)and Fronbote (assistants a judge might call upon during certain judicial proceedings), which were used as synonyms in sources such as the Sachsenspiegel (ca. 1225). The tasks performed by the Gerichtsbote included announcing (fürbieten) the convening of court (Trial procedure), serving notice of lawsu…

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Neschwara, Christian, “Gerichtsbote”, 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 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019954>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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