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Patrimonial jurisdiction
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Patrimonial jurisdiction was a special form of private jurisdiction that was usually linked to the possession of an estate (Latin patrimonium), hence to land holdings. It might apply to both civil and criminal cases.

1. The early modern period

Landlords had often conferred their jurisdictional competence on cities, monasteries, abbeys, and estates (Gutsherrschaft) since the Middle Ages. In Continental Europe, the lowest level of jurisdiction might thus lie in private hand…

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Pahlow, Louis, “Patrimonial jurisdiction”, 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 26 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025340>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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