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Justice, minister of
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The Minister of Justice, alongside the Ministers of the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Finance, and War, is one of the five classical ministers of the European constitutional tradition. By virtue of their respective constitutions, such different countries as Poland (1791), France (1791), and Prussia (1808) had introduced this system at the end of the Ancien Régime and the dawn of the 19th century. Ministers (or “secretaries”) in the modern sense – directors of specific branches of government appointed by the head of state and accountable before the representatives of the people (Mi…

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Oestmann, Peter, “Justice, minister of”, 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 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021797>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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