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Publicity, principle of
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The principle of publicity means the public character of court proceedings open to the general public. Below the fully developed principle of publicity in constitutional states since the mid-19th century, there was so-called party publicity, which granted access not only to the parties to a case but also to their “friends” (relatives), even in proceedings before the council (Council [administrative]) of the late medieval town. Generally, the trial procedure of the ius commune followed the principle of scribality, which entailed closed sessions excluding the general…

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Weitzel, Jürgen, “Publicity, principle 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 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019962>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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