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Legal force
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1. Definition

The concept of legal force derives from procedural law (Trial procedure) and describes the effect of judicial rulings (Judgment) and official decisions. A distinction is drawn between formal and material legal force. The former term is used when a decision can no longer be challenged by an ordinary legal remedy or a time-limited form of legal redress. If this formal legal force applies, then material legal force determines that a decision regarding a contested claim is also binding for the parties, local au…

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Ruppert, Stefan, “Legal force”, 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 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026220>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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