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Kabinettsjustiz (“cameral justice” or “cabinet justice”) signifies a ruling over a legal case by a territorial sovereign or any other intervention by a sovereign in the administration of justice, always in reference to a single case (Territorial sovereignty [Holy Roman Empire]). The German term originated in the 18th century and had a negative connotation long thereafter, indicating an infringement against the separation of powers (Powers, separation of) and the independence of the judiciary. This later assessment, however, only partly corresponds to the reality o…

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Oestmann, Peter, “Kabinettsjustiz”, 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 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021810>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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