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Sententia

(465 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] [1] Aphorism, v. Gnome [1] II A; Proverbs Aphorism, v. Gnome [1] II A; Proverbs Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) [German version] [2] Legal verdict Literally etymologically derived from the root sin, the sense of something uttered; in Roman legal terminology, e.g. the sense of a private legal action (cf. e.g. Dig. 28,1,1 on a testament) or a law (cf. Dig. 23,2,44,5). Sententia in particular meant the verdict, in civil or criminal law, delivered by a judge ( iudex , arbiter ). In this sense, sententia was already used for the process of the legis actio

Antestatio

(93 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] is the formalised notice of a witness, associated with a tweak of the ear (Plin. HN 11,103), before the permitted use of force by the plaintiff against a defendant who does not comply with the in ius vocatio and does not offer any vindex. Antestatio is attested for the Twelve Tables (1. 1); it became superfluous, and yet was apparently retained, on introduction of the standard procedural   litis denuntiatio . -- Antestatus is a mancipatio witness, CIL 6.10239.  Vocatio in ius;  Denuntiatio Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) Bibliography Wieacker, RRG, 448.

Comperendinatio

(184 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] describes according to Gai. Inst. 4,15 an agreement of the parties to appear on the day after next before a iudex (Fest. 355,1; Prob. 4,9: in diem tertium sive perendinum; for Roman calculations of court dates cf. Gell. NA 10,24,9), as had already been provided for in the Twelve Tables. It did not require the form of a stipulation because the consequences of missing it were considered sufficient as a sanction. How the transition from the procedure in iure to apud iudicem specifically came about in the formular procedure is unclear, because the comperendinatio is no longer…

Aestimatio litis

(192 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] The principle of sentencing to a fine associated with formulary procedure (Gai. Inst. 4,48) made it necessary in civil procedure for all actions not aimed at a fixed sum to be expressed in money value. Both process and result of the estimate required for this are called aestimatio litis.; it was carried out by the judge, or sometimes by the plaintiff ( iusiurandum in litem, estimate under oath of the amount involved). If the defendant refused to meet his duty of payment in kind, but instead paid the sum of the fine, the plaintiff finally lost …

Mors litis

(172 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] (literally: ‘death of a lawsuit’). According to Gai. Inst. 4,104 a means introduced by the l. Iulia iudiciorum privatorum specially for the iudicium legitimum ( iudicium ), to limit the duration of lawsuits. Whereas all other lawsuits were limited by the period in office of the magistrates who appointed judges, ML was what happened when after 18 months there had been no judgment. From the lex Irnitana (ch. 91, l.2) it followed that this regulation was transferred - evidently by pretending that the municipal process was identical to the iudicium legitimum - also to this…

Ordo

(1,047 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Galsterer, Hartmut (Bonn) | Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon) | Heimgartner, Martin (Halle)
in Latin referred both to an order (e.g. the marching order or that of a legal process) as well as to groups or corporations, into which several or many persons were organized (also in the plural ordines), e.g. the Roman equites ( ordo equester). [German version] I. Procedural law In a procedural context the term ordo is traditionally used in the composition of the ' ordo iudiciorum' (Cod. Iust. 7,45,4). It signified the proper types of legal procedure (cf. still today: 'proper' jurisdiction) both of the formulary procedure ( formula ) as well as of the actions at law proceedings ( legis actio

Causidicus

(199 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] A court orator who appears in court as a champion of a party. Whilst Cic. De or. 1,202 uses the term in an obviously derogatory sense as being distinct from a true orator, and whilst a similar evaluation is evident in Gai. Dig. 1,2,1 ( causas dicentibus), causidicus is later applied in inscriptions (CIL 5,5894) and constitutions as a neutral vocational title alongside (Cod. Iust. 2,6,6) or identical (Cod. Theod. 2,10,5) to   advocatus . As such, a causidicus belonged to the state controlled professional association (Cod. Iust. 2,7,11, 1) of orators appearin…

Vadimonium

(205 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] ( surety, bail). A legal transaction agreed in a stipulatio , by which one party in a Roman formulary procedure (Procedural law IV.) commits itself to appear at a certain location in order to enable legal proceedings to take place. This self-committal replaced the practice of providing guarantors ( vades) as had been the practice in the legis actio . A distinction was made between different kinds of vadimonium. The voluntary summoning vadimonium consisted of the promise (regularly sanctioned by fines) to appear near the law court for a final attempt a…

Adsertor

(90 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] is a free citizen who pleads in court the case, in particular the liberation, of a slave, who is incapable of being a party to a lawsuit: as plaintiff in the vindicatio in libertatem including the manumissio vindicta, as defendant in the vindicatio in servitutem. On the possibilities of abuse in liberation cases Liv. 3,44 ff. Following preceding relaxation, Justinian ultimately declared slaves capable of acting in liberation cases (Cod. Iust. 7,17).  Vindicatio;  Manumissio Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) Bibliography E. Ferenczy, in: Studi Donatuti, 1973,…

Edictum

(1,697 words)

Author(s): Willvonseder, Reinhard (Vienna) | Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Noethlichs, Karl Leo (Aachen) | Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen)
[German version] [1] Public announcement by magistrates Edictum (from edicere) is a binding public announcement by Roman office bearers (  magistratus ), which presented either concrete orders or a ‘governmental agenda’ [1. 58] for the coming term of office. The word suggests an originally oral announcement [2. 178], but the historically documented form is a recording on an   album (‘white wooden plate’) at the magistrate's office. Literary tradition refers to edicts by   consules ,   aediles ,   praetores , provincial governors, tribuni plebis (  tribunus ),   censores

Postulatio

(214 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] is occasionally used generally for a demand or a request in Roman law as a synonym of petitio . For a Roman formula lawsuit in the 3rd cent. AD (in the context of the edict title de postulando; cf. also Cod. Iust. 2,6) Ulpian defines postulare as desiderium suum vel amici sui in iure ... exponere: vel alterius desiderio contradicere ('to expound to the court one's own or a friend's request or to contradict somebody else's request', Dig. 3,1,1,2). By a postulatio actionis a plaintiff requested a praetor to allow the action on which he had agreed with the accused by way of an editio

Satisdatio

(197 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] In Roman law, satisdatio (the giving of a security) constituted a special form of the cautio (warranty). Anyone obliged to the satisdatio had to provide a guarantor at regular intervals (Dig. 2,8,1). The guarantor had to be idoneus (“fit”, i.e. solvent); this could be established by an arbiter (a judge with administrative discretion) (Dig. 2,8,9 and 10 pr). It was also a fundamental requirement that the bondsman was of the same legal status as the party furnishing security. Cases in which a satisdatio could be arranged by the praetor or where it was even prescribed ipso ju…

Abiuratio

(185 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] A lawsuit brought before the praetor concerning credited money or some other res certa could be concluded before the   litis contestatio if the plaintiff made the defendant take an oath on the validity of the claim involved in the suit. The defendant hereupon had the choice of paying or denying the claim; the latter is the abiuratio (Isid. Orig. 5,26,21). If he abjured, the plaintiff's   actio was denied; sometimes instead of this the defendant was granted an exceptio iurisiurandi (Dig. 12,2,9 pr.), if, for instance, the existence and content of the oath gave…

Publicatio bonorum

(236 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] The PB (confiscation of goods) was practiced at Rome as a consequence of a conviction from time immemorial (cf. Liv. 2,5,2; 2,8,2; 3,55,7). The PB originally surrendered the culprit and his assets as a consecratio (dedication) to the deity in the sense of a proscription (probably destruction of belongings, perhaps also transfer to temple property). In the later Republican period (probably from 169 BC, cf. Liv. 43,16,10), it developed into a (mandatory) supplementary punishment in case of convict…

Appellatio

(604 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] A term adopted into contemporary languages in the meaning of ‘appeal against a sentence’, appellatio in Rome originally referred only to prevention by magisterial decree. An intercessory action of this kind connects the areas of meaning of appellatio and   provocatio , (Cic. Quinct. 65; Liv. 3,563; Plin. HN 6,90). They caused immediate and irrevocable discontinuance of the current process or action as well as, in some cases, referral to the person invoked or a new decision by him. In probably the most …

Iudicatum

(323 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] Either the payment order pronounced in a civil law trial (Dig. 2,12,6: iudicatum facere vel solvere), or the entire judgement; the latter primarily in the expression res iudicata; e.g. Dig. 42,1,1: res iudicata dicitur, quae finem controversiarum pronuntiatione iudicis accipit: quod vel condemnatione vel absolutione contingit (‘ res iudicata is the end of the proceeding that has been brought about by the judgement, which is either sentencing or acquittal’). In the masculine form iudicatus means a sentenced person, e.g. Dig. 42,2,1: confessus pro iudicato est (‘wh…

Procedural law

(3,600 words)

Author(s): Hengstl, Joachim (Marburg/Lahn) | Witthuhn, Orell (Marburg) | Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] I. Alter Orient Even in the cuneiform laws (Cuneiform, legal texts in) going back to the middle of the 3rd millennium, it is impossible to discern an epoch in which it was true that virtually only the strong were able to claim their rights [7]. On the basis of Old Babylonian letters and some stipulations of the Codex Ḫammurapi it is certainly the case that self-help played a legally recognized role [8], and modulated self-help is furthermore mooted for Hittite law [5]. Widespread use of the word 'judge' (DI.KU5/ dajjānum) from the Old Akkadian period (24th/22nd cents.…

Probatio

(1,226 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Baumhauer, Otto A. (Bremen)
('probation'; 'test'; 'evidence'; 'proof'.) [German version] I. Law In Roman law, probatio included, without clear distinction, the central phase in every civil trial: the hearing of the evidence as a whole, the issue of apportioning the burden of proof and, finally, the list of submissions of evidence. The hearing of evidence by the iudex ('judge') is scarcely treated in the juridical writings; it was not regarded as an issue of law. The apportioning of the burden of proof was probably not observed as strictly as it is today…

Adiudicatio

(122 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] According to Gai. Inst. 4,42 adiudicatio is that part of the trial formula giving the judge legally operative powers. These were required in the three actions for partition ( familiae erciscundae, communi dividundo, finium regundorum), because they were used to divide the existing items of property among the parties, or in the case of the last-named action, to clarify the dividing line. For this purpose the judge could both allocate legal items relating to the law of property (property, mortgage, usufruct, etc.) a…

Condemnatio

(256 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] In criminal proceedings the sentencing of the accused (Cic. Verr. 2,75). In civil proceedings the condemnatio is according to Gai. Inst. 4,43 that part of the proceeding formula that grants a private judge in the context of the suit brought forward (  intentio ) and the statement of facts (  demonstratio ) the power to sentence or acquit ( qua iudici condemnandi absolvendive potestas permittitur). It is only required in payment suits. Gai. Inst. 4,48ff. further states that condemnatio relates to a sum of money ( condemnatio pecuniaria). This restriction (which was o…

Praeiudicium

(222 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] (lit. 'prior legal proceedings'). Already under Roman law, the fact that different law-courts had different jurisdictions could in certain circumstances prevent the final resolution of a case until the legal question at issue had been clarified by the competent court. Examples of such questions might include the allocation of inheritances, the ownership of a piece of land or the existence of a capital offence. There was, however, no general precedence of the iudicia publica ( iudicium ) over actiones privatae. To resolve the tensions between the as yet unres…

Vindex

(448 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich)
[German version] [1] Guarantor in Roman procedural law A vindex, (probably with the same etymology as vindicta ) was a guarantor in Roman procedural law. He played a role in two parts of the trial--in the summoning and in the execution, each time in the context of the manus iniectio (the physical bringing forward of the defendant). According to the Twelve Tables (tab. 1,1; tabulae duodecim ), the latter was permitted when the defendant did not voluntarily follow the order of the plaintiff to appear in front of the court magistrate ( vocatio in ius ). The defendant co…

Formula

(325 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] The written formula is the essential component of the type of trial which replaced the   legis actio procedure; by means of the lex Aebutia, 2nd cent. BC, as well as the two leges Iuliae, 17 BC) and which consequently is generally described as a formula trial. Despite a slow development, this classical procedural type is distinguished from its predecessor by having far greater flexibility and by being more adaptable to individual cases in the late Republic and the Principate. The text of the suit was no longer ceremonial and…

Vocatio in ius

(355 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] In Roman law, the 'call' (in the sense of summons) to stand trial. The VII addressed the problem, fundamental in every jurisdiction (but most particularly at early stages of development), of how to bring an accused person before the court: as long as no direct compulsion is available or permitted, sanctions with at least indirect effect must accompany the summons. Both variants are found in the development of Roman law: for the oldest type of trial, the legis actio (action under the (XII-Table) law), the Twelve Tables (tab. 1,1 ff.; Tabulae duodecim, c.450 BC) prescribes…

Rescript procedure

(222 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] This type of Roman trial developed from the reign of Hadrian (2nd cent. AD) as a special form of the civil inquiry of cognizance ( cognitio ). Its peculiarity consisted in the fact that the decisive legal issue (i.e. not also the correctness of the facts) was clarified in advance for the specific case by the princeps, by means of a written response ( rescriptum ) to the written enquiry of the party who would henceforth be the plaintiff, with the consequence that henceforth all that required examination was the correctness of …

Deductio

(345 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[German version] [1] Legal term There are many different senses of deductio in specialized legal language: in civil case-law the expression in iudicium deducere usually indicates the transition of the dispute to the judgement stage, and so approximately corresponds to the modern concept of pendency. Deductio in domum is the ceremonial introduction of a wife into her husband's house (Dig. 23,2,5). A further frequent use of deductio is to denote the ‘deduction’ of specific components of a debt owed to a provider of services: for example the deduction of costs (D…

Addictus

(146 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] is the debtor in a process of legal action who, after being convicted, had not paid the sum owed within 30 days and had consequently been brought before the magistrate by the creditor by means of manus iniectio and had been handed over by the magistrate by   addicere to the creditor for enforcement. If the debtor did not pay or provide a vindex at the latest before the magistrate, the creditor could take the addictus home with him and, according to detailed terms in the Twelve Tables (3,3-5; Gell. NA 20,1,45), hold the man prisoner, albeit still as a free man. If the addictus was un…

Forum

(8,477 words)

Author(s): Höcker, Christoph (Kissing) | Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) | Uggeri, Giovanni (Florence) | Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart)
I. Archaeology and urban studies [German version] A. Definition and Function Latin term for market, market place; rarely also the forecourt of a tomb (in the meaning of Greek drómos, e.g. Cic. Leg. 2,61) or part of a wine press (Varro, Rust. 1,54; Columella 11,2,71). As the mercantile and administrative centre of a Roman city ( Town/City), the forum, which took the form of a large open space framed by buildings, was essentially the equivalent of the Greek  agora. A location at the intersection of the   decumanus and   cardo in the city centre is the rule in …

Furtum tabularum

(103 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] A criminal offence that corresponds with modern obstruction of evidence and so implies a more or less definite obstruction of evidence in Roman civil procedure. Tabulae are written notes that served, e.g., to safeguard evidence; as such they belong to the evidence classified by Quintilian ( instrumenta, Inst. 5,5,1ff.). Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) Bibliography G. Klingenberg, Das Beweisproblem beim Urkundendiebstahl, in: ZRG 96, 1979, 229-257 C. Paulus, Die Beweisvereitelung in der Struktur des dt. Zivilprozesses, in: Archiv für die civil…

Altercatio

(167 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] is an argument and interchange which can take place in the Senate or in judicial (criminal or civil) proceedings. In the latter case altercatio stands in contrast to the self-contained lecture oratio continua regularly given at the beginning of a hearing by the counsel of both parties. As proceedings progressed they repeatedly gave rise to debate, due to evidence recorded or other findings, on the status of the dispute and the legal situation; it took place in the form of an altercatio, shown as an example in Dig. 28,4,3. Oratio like altercatio was the field of action f…

Advocatus

(520 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] The advocatus, as ‘one called on’, developed from adviser to the ultimate legal adviser in the late classical period (around AD 200). At first advocatus referred to a usually influential person, who supported someone as an act of friendship in court proceedings (both in criminal and -- notorious for being more boring, Cic. Opt. Gen. 9 f. -- civil law) -- simply by his presence or by his legal knowledge (general knowledge acquired through his training and education); cf. Ps.-Asc. on Cic. in Caec. 11. Here he is distinguished (at least theoretically) from the patronus, who …

Liquet

(148 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] In contrast to the right to have recourse to a court that is guaranteed by modern constitutional law, the judge in (Classical) Roman antiquity was allowed to declare that he considered himself unable to come to a decision: rem sibi non liquere (Gell. NA 14,2,25) when he could not condemn or acquit according to procedural formula ( formula ). If he swore an oath to this effect, the parties could have the same legal dispute heard by another judge. The same applied to an arbiter (Dig. 4,8,13,3) appointed by a private arbitration agreement and to c…

Iurisdictio

(596 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] Literally ‘speaking law’. Where iurisdictio was split into various stages of procedure (in particular in iure, apud iudicem), it means the sovereign powers conferred on a Roman court magistrate for observing judicial practice. This term was originally used for private judicial practice, but in the 2nd cent. AD it was also extended to criminal judicial practice and to the procedure of cognition (  cognitio ), in the context of which iurisdictio describes the official judicial competences as a whole - in other words also the authority to pass judgemen…

Sequester

(204 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] Literally probably (from secare, 'to divide') a neutral person independent of the parties. According to the late Classical Roman jurist Modestinus (3rd cent. AD), sequester is the person to whom several entrust an item that is the subject of a dispute (Dig. 50,16,110). Until this period, the parties generally deposited the item whose replevy they disputed voluntarily and out of court. In occasional cases, e.g. Dig. 43,30,3,6 (custody of a child), however, the praetor could also make an official order for…

Tempus utile

(147 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] (literally: 'usable time'). In Roman law, a particular manner of calculating a time limit. Whereas in the case of a tempus continuum ('continuous period of time') the initial date and the expiry of the term are unalterably fixed, TU implies taking into account only those days on which the time can be used by the relevant party. Either the beginning of the term is made dependent on the first possible use and the term then proceeds as a continuum (e.g. praetorian lawsuits, Dig. 15,2,1 pr.), or the beginning is fixed and in the course of the term only those da…

Arbiter

(343 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] seems to have originally meant the one who goes there ( ad baetere), and therefore refers to the person who rules in a dispute by looking closely at it in contrast to the iudex judging purely according to a petition. An arbitrator of this kind, with knowledge of the facts, was especially necessary in actions for partition, which instead of being aimed at a conviction or acquittal were aimed at a legally operative allocation (  adiudicatio ). However, this distinguishing feature between arbiter and iudex was already becoming increasingly vague in the law of the Tw…

Pluspetitio

(647 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] (excessive claim, cf. Cod. Iust. 3,10) - or, more commonly, plus petere - is a figure of Roman law intimately related to the artful construction of the formula in the Roman formula procedure. The pluspetitio led to sanctions or reactions in procedural law, which could range from loss of a case to corrective action (as today with the award of legal costs) within a legal dispute. According to Gaius [2] (Inst. 4,53ff.; 68), classical Roman law of the 1st-3rd cents. AD distinguished between four manifestations of the pluspetitio: re, tempore, loco, causa (factual, temporal,…

Testimonium

(854 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] The attestation of a legal transaction (for its validity) or another action (as evidence in a trial) according to Roman law. The enforceability of legal positions has always been dependent on the possibility of proving the conditions for their coming into existence. The importance of witnesses for criminal proceedings is evident; however, it was no less so for civil trials. Although documentary evidence surpassed the evidence of witnesses for the latter branch of law toward the en…

Manus iniectio

(363 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] ‘Laying on hand’ occurs twice in connection with the most ancient type of Roman trial, the legis actio : first, anyone wishing to accuse another may, if the defendant refuses to attend, force him to appear before the praetor by manus iniectio, i.e. the use of force. The defendant may escape only by means of a vindex (a person who guarantees the appearance of the defendant at a fixed later date; see lex XII tab. 1-4). The second context for this a measure of compulsion - also involving a vindex - was that of the enforcement of a confirmed debt ( legis actio per manus iniectionem, lex X…

Addicere

(248 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] means the affirming repetition of a formal contractual declaration by the magistrate. It is already attested as such by Gell. NA 17,2,10 for Twelve Tables proceedings. Macrob. Sat. 1,16,14 refers to do, dico, addico ( tria verba sollemnia) as the words probably ceremoniously and formally pronounced by the magistrate during the most important steps in conducting the case, which were, moreover, only permissible on dies fasti (Varro, Ling. 6,30). The magistrate's affirmation was probably the most constitutive law-creating act, occurring for instance in in iure cess…

Denuntiatio

(292 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] can in a legal context be any communication made to another person, orally or in writing, in pursuit of a legal objective. The person making the declaration and the person receiving it do not have to be private individuals but can also be office-holders or even the curule aediles' edict (Dig. 21,1,37). If such a communication is addressed to someone who is absent, it is termed detestatio (Dig. 50,39,2). The denuntiatio can have an informative or communicative character, as for example the requisite (in late antiquity, threefold) notification of a pr…

Arbitration

(410 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] Arbitration, unlike criminal and civil jurisdiction, which operate with the force of the state, is invoked voluntarily by the disputing parties. It has neither been proven nor completely refuted that because of this lack of state influence arbitration represents the beginning of all jurisdiction (thus for Rome esp. [1]). In Roman sources in any case arbitration has an independent position alongside all three types of state trial (  ordo). There was also arbitration already in Greece (see   diaitētai [1]). The Roman compromissum (agreement of the parties to subm…

Iudicium

(1,188 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] A central concept of Roman  procedural law, it appears in several different senses: in the wider sense for the whole process, in the narrower sense (esp. in the context of the legis actio and formulary procedure which are divided into different procedural stages) for the last stage which took place before the judge (  iudex ). Upon transition to the cognitio procedure (  cognitio ) and concomitant elimination of the procedural stages, iudicium then only referred to the whole process for which the word processus has been in habitual usage since the MA. Additional …

Demonstratio

(186 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] In general civil law the specific designation of a thing or person (Dig. 6,1,6). This term lies at the origin of the interpretative formula falsa demonstratio non nocet (‘a wrong expression does not affect the matter's validity’), which was used by the Romans mainly when interpreting a will (Inst. Ius. 2,20,30) and which is still current today. In the context of civil proceedings demonstratio, set out at the beginning of a large number of legal arguments, refers to the concise exposition of the circumstances of the disputed issue (Gai. Inst. …

Agerius

(88 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] In most of the lawsuit formulae reported by Gaius (but also by others, e.g. Dig. 46,4,18,1) the blanket name Aulus Agerius (= is qui agit), stands for the plaintiff, where the actual name is to be inserted in the specific case (expressly the l. Rubria: CIL I 205), while the defendant is called Numerius Negidius (= is a quo numeratio postulatur et qui negat). However, all four names can be applicable in individual cases.  Formula Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) Bibliography W. Kunkel, Röm. Rechtsgesch., 91980, 84.

Iudex

(474 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] Literally, ‘one who dispenses justice’, i.e. ‘judge’. Usually, this means the individual judge in Roman law ( iudex privatus; iudex unus) who in a separate stage of the proceeding that usually ended a legal dispute ( apud iudicem) conducts the deliberation of the evidence and passes a judgement roughly suggested by the  praetor in the first proceeding stage ( in iure,   ius ). While the term iudex was already exchangeable with that of   arbiter at the time of the Law of the Twelve Tables (5th cent. BC), the   recuperatores and   centumviri constitute sep…

Recuperatores

(277 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] From re-capere, literally 'to obtain back', for which purpose the recuperatores were originally appointed in support of Roman citizens within the framework of international legal relationships (Fest. 342 L.: reciperatio): they were meant to help the citizens get back what they had lost (probably above all in war) or had had illegally taken away from them. They then also came to a decision in the repetundae process ( repetundarum crimen ), in which it was a matter of the return of goods which the Roman magistrates had extorted in o…

Defensor

(450 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] I. In civil law Defensor is not a technical legal term for the defence counsel (but probably nevertheless thus in Quint. Inst. 5,3,13), but rather had various meanings, especially as the sponsor of the defendant primarily in a civil case, and here particularly of the absent defendant ( indefensus). To take on such a defence was the duty of a friend (Dig. 4,6,22 pr.). Termed defensor civitatis, he is also the judicial representative of corporations ( universitates, Dig. 3,4,1,3), above all of statutory public bodies (e.g. communities, provinces; cf. CIL X,1201 and passim)…

Editio

(730 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[German version] The term editio is derived from the verb edere (‘to present, to show, to announce’) and has several meanings within the legal realm: (1) The editio actionis (Dig. 2,13) refers to the announcement required, in order for a trial to be sub judice in the formulary procedure, from the plaintiff towards the defendant, stating the type of charge(-formula) the plaintiff intends to initiate against the defendant. As long as the defendant accepts the formula ( accipere iudicium), the   litis contestatio (attestation of conflict) is established. For a…

Abiuratio

(162 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Ein dem Praetor vorgetragener Rechtstreit um kreditiertes Geld oder eine sonstige res certa konnte noch vor der litis contestatio dadurch beendet werden, daß der Kläger dem Beklagten den Eid über den Bestand der Klageforderung zuschob. Der Beklagte hatte daraufhin die Wahl, zu leisten oder die Forderung abzuleugnen; letzteres ist die a. (Isid. orig. 5,26,21). Im Falle dieses Abschwörens wurde die actio des Klägers denegiert; bisweilen wurde statt dessen dem Beklagten eine exceptio iurisiurandi gewährt (Dig. 12,2,9 pr.), wenn etwa Existenz und Inhalt …

Aestimatio litis

(156 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Der mit dem Formularprozeß verbundene Grundsatz der Geldverurteilung (Gai. inst. 4,48) bedingt im Zivilprozeß, daß alle nicht auf eine fixe Summe gerichtete Klagen in Geldeswert auszudrücken waren. Vorgang wie Ergebnis der dazu erforderlichen Schätzung heißt a. l.; sie wurde vom Richter, bisweilen auch vom Kläger ( iusiurandum in litem, eidliche Schätzung des Streitwertes) vorgenommen. Weigerte sich der Beklagte, die Naturalleistungspflicht zu erfüllen, sondern zahlte er statt dessen die Geldcondemnationssumme, verlor der Kläg…

Altercatio

(142 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] ist ein Streit- und Wechselgespräch, das im Senat wie im richterlichen (Straf- oder Zivil-)Prozeß stattfinden kann. Letzterenfalls steht a. im Gegensatz zu dem regelmäßig zu Beginn eines Termins vorgetragenen geschlossenen Vortrag, oratio continua, der beiden Parteibeistände. Die weitere Verhandlung gab durch Beweisaufnahmen oder sonstige Erkenntnisse immer wieder Anlaß zur Erörterung des Streitstandes und der Rechtslage; sie erfolgte in Gestalt einer in Dig. 28,4,3 beispielhaft wiedergegebenen a. Oratio wie a. war das Aktionsfeld für die Rhetori…

Iudicium

(1,037 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Ein Zentralbegriff des röm. Prozeßrechts, der allerdings in mehreren Bedeutungsvarianten vorkommt: im weiteren Sinne für den Rechtsstreit insgesamt, im engeren Sinne (inbes. im Kontext des Legisaktionen- und Formularverfahrens mit der Aufteilung in verschiedene Verfahrensabschnitte) für den letzten, vor dem Richter ( iudex ) stattfindenden Abschnitt. Mit dem Übergang zum Kognitionsverfahren ( cognitio ) und der damit verbundenen Beseitigung der Verfahrensabschnitte bezeichnet i. nur noch den Rechtsstreit insgesamt, wofür seit dem MA das Wort processus…

Causidicus

(167 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Ein Gerichtsredner, der als Sachwalter einer Partei vor Gericht auftritt. Während Cic. de or. 1,202 ihn deutlich abschätzig dem wahren Redner entgegenstellt, und eine ähnliche Einschätzung bei Gai. Dig. 1,2,1 ( causas dicentibus) durchscheint, wird c. später in Inschriften (CIL 5,5894) und Constitutionen als neutrale Berufsbezeichnung neben (Cod. Iust. 2,6,6) oder identisch (Cod. Theod. 2,10,5) mit advocatus verwendet. Als solcher war er in die staatlich kontrollierte Standesorganisation (Cod. Iust. 2,7,11, 1) der v…

Missio

(637 words)

Author(s): Weiß, Peter (Kiel) | Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] [1] Entlassung aus dem röm. Militärdienst Das Wort m. war t.t. für die Entlassung aus dem röm. Militärdienst. Im Prinzipat erfolgte sie im Normalfall als honesta m. nach Ableistung der Regeldienstzeit, oft allerdings erst mehrere Jahre danach (20 Jahre bei den Legionen, 16 bei den praetoriae cohortes, 25 bei den Auxilia und den equites singulares Augusti, 26, später 28 Jahre bei den Flotten). Invaliden erhielten die vorzeitige m. causaria. Schweres Fehlverhalten wurde mit unehrenhafter Entlassung ( m. ignominiosa) bestraft. Die dimissi honesta missione bzw. emer…

Comperendinatio

(167 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] bezeichnet nach Gai. inst. 4,15 die bereits in den XII Tafeln vorgesehene, im Anschluß an die Richterbestellung getroffene Vereinbarung der Parteien, am übernächsten Tag vor dem iudex zu erscheinen (Fest. 355,1; Prob. 4,9: in diem tertium sive perendinum; zur röm. Fristberechnung vgl. Gell. 10,24,9). Sie bedurfte nicht der Stipulationsform, weil die Säumnisfolgen bereits hinreichende Sanktion waren. Wie sich der Übergang des Verfahrens in iure zu dem apud iudicem im Formularverfahren im einzelnen gestaltete, ist unklar, weil c. in diesem Zusammenhang nic…

Advocatus

(467 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Der a. als “Herbeigerufener” entwickelt sich vom Beistand zum schließlichen Rechtsbeistand in der Spätklassik (um 200 n. Chr.) Zunächst bezeichnet a. eine meist einflußreiche Person, die jemandem als Freudschaftsdienst im (straf- wie - als langweiliger verschrieenen, Cic. opt. gen. 9 f. - zivilrechtlichen) Gerichtsverfahren beisteht - durch seine bloße Anwesenheit oder durch seine (aufgrund seiner Ausbildung und Erziehung erworbenen allg.) Rechtskenntnisse; vgl. Ps.-Asc. zu Cic. in Caec. 11. Darin unterscheidet er sich (zumindest theoretisch) vom patron…

Postulatio

(194 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] wird im röm. Recht bisweilen synonym mit petitio allg. für ein Fordern oder Verlangen verwendet. Für den röm. Formularprozeß ( formula ) definiert im 3. Jh. n. Chr. Ulpian (im Kontext des Ediktstitels de postulando; vgl. auch Cod. Iust. 2,6) postulare als desiderium suum vel amici sui in iure ... exponere: vel alterius desiderio contradicere (‘sein eigenes oder eines Freundes Begehren vor Gericht darzulegen oder dem Begehren eines anderen zu widersprechen, Dig. 3,1,1,2). Mit der p. actionis erbat der Kläger vom Praetor die Gewährung derjenigen Klage, au…

Hasta

(959 words)

Author(s): Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast) | Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Siebert, Anne Viola (Hannover) | Salomone Gaggero, Eleonora (Genua) | Petraccia Lucernoni, Maria Federica (Mailand) | Et al.
[English version] [1] Hasta, hastati Die hasta diente im röm. Heer während der mittleren Republik vor allem als Stoßlanze für den Nahkampf, obwohl sie auch geworfen werden konnte; sie hatte einen hölzernen Schaft und eine Eisenspitze. Die h. war der Kampfweise der Phalanx angepaßt, blieb aber im Gebrauch, als die Römer im 4. Jh. v.Chr. zur flexibleren Aufstellung in Manipeln ( manipulus ) übergingen. Nach Livius (Liv. 8,8,5-13), dessen Darstellung allerdings nicht unproblematisch ist, bestand das röm. Heer 340 v.Chr. aus drei Schlachtreihen, den hastati, den principes und den triar…

Agerius

(80 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] In den meisten der von Gaius (aber auch von anderen, z. B. Dig. 46,4,18,1) mitgeteilten Prozeßformularen steht für den Kläger als im konkreten Fall anzupassender (so ausdrücklich die l. Rubria: CIL I 205) Blankettname A(ulus) A. (= is qui agit), während der Beklagte Numerius Negidius (= is a quo numeratio postulatur et qui negat) genannt wird. Alle 4 Namen können freilich im Einzelfall reell sein. Formula Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) Bibliography W. Kunkel, Röm. Rechtsgesch., 91980, 84.

Defensor

(393 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] I. Zivilrechtlich D. ist kein technischer Rechtsbegriff für den Verteidiger (so aber wohl bei Quint. inst. 5,3,13), sondern kommt in mehrfacher Bedeutung vor, insbes. als Sachwalter vornehmlich des zivilprozessual Beklagten, und hier speziell des abwesenden Beklagten ( indefensus). Eine solche Verteidigung zu übernehmen war Freundespflicht (Dig. 4,6,22 pr.). Unter der Bezeichnung d. civitatis ist er auch vor Gericht der Sachwalter von Korporationen ( universitates, Dig. 3,4,1,3), hierbei vor allem von öffentlich-rechtlichen Verbänden (z.B. G…

Intentio

(294 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] das Klagebegehren, legt innerhalb der den röm. Formularprozeß kennzeichnenden Prozeßformel ( formula ) den (ggf. zu beweisenden) Streitgegenstand fest (Gai. inst. 4,41). Im Falle einer Feststellungsklage beschränkt sich diese Formel auf die i. (Gai. inst. 4,44), während bei Leistungsklagen danach zu unterscheiden ist, ob sie auf ein certum (d.h. eine bestimmte Summe, Sache oder Warenmenge) oder ein incertum (d.h. ein quidquid dare facere oportet, ‘alles, was er zu leisten verpflichtet ist’), gerichtet ist. Letzterenfalls wird die i. zur Präzisierung des …

Manus iniectio

(294 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] “Handanlegung”, begegnet im Zusammenhang mit dem ältesten röm. Prozeßtypus, dem Verfahren der legis actio , gleich zweimal: Zum einen kann, wer einen anderen verklagen will, den Prozeßgegner, der sich weigert, vor dem Praetor zu erscheinen, mittels m.i., also Gewaltanwendung, zum Erscheinen zwingen. Dem kann sich der andere nur durch einen vindex (Gestellungsbürgen) entziehen (s. Lex XII tab. 1-4). Zum zweiten kam ein solcher Zwang wie auch ein vindex bei der Vollstreckung einer feststehenden Schuld vor ( legis actio per manus iniectionem, Lex XII tab. 3,1-6…

Legis actio

(535 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Das Verfahren der l.a. war der Prozeßtyp der altröm. Zeit und zeichnet sich dementsprechend durch große Förmlichkeit aus. Seinen Namen verdankt es einer bereits Gaius (inst. 4,11) nicht mehr recht erklärlichen Ausrichtung auf ein Gesetz, von dem die Klage ihre Unveränderlichkeit übernahm. Die Förmlichkeiten, die bei der Durchführung eines derartigen, röm. Bürgern vorbehaltenen Verfahrens zu beachten waren u.a. präzises Aufsagen bestimmter Sprüche sowie korrekter Vollzug der gebotene…

Praeiudicium

(195 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] (wörtlich “vorangehendes Gerichtsverfahren”). Wegen verschiedener Zuständigkeiten konnte schon nach röm. Recht ein Prozeß u.U. erst dann abschließend entschieden werden, wenn die betreffende Rechtsfrage von dem dafür zuständigen Gericht geklärt worden war, z. B. die Erbenstellung oder etwa das Eigentum an einem Grundstück oder das Vorliegen eines Kapitalverbrechens. Freilich gab es keinen generellen Vorrang der iudicia publica ( iudicium ) vor actiones privatae. Zur Lösung des Spannungsverhältnisses zw. der - noch nicht entschiedenen - Vorfrage, dem p.,…

Centumviri

(693 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Der Begriff c. (“Hundertmänner”) kennzeichnet ein Gericht, dessen Alter nach heftig umstrittener Ansicht wohl in die Anfänge der republikan. Zeit zurückreicht; Indiz dafür ist außer dem vor diesem Gericht allzeit gepflegten Verfahren, daß allein bei seinen Verhandlungen das alte Symbol staatlicher Hoheit, die hölzerne Lanze ( hasta, Dig. 1,2,2,29) aufgestellt wurde, Gai. inst. 4,16; Cic. de orat. 1,57,242; top. 17,65. Sein Name gibt die Zusammensetzung dieses Gerichts wieder: aus den 35 tribus wurden je 3 Männer als Mitglieder gew…

Replicatio

(109 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Als Gegeneinrede war die r. im röm. zivilprozessualen Formularverfahren für den Kläger das Mittel, mit dem er eine Einrede ( exceptio ) des Beklagten entkräften konnte. Diesem stand wiederum eine duplicatio, jenem sodann eine triplicatio etc. zur Verfügung. All diese Einwände wurden in die Prozeßformel ( formula ) eingegliedert und legten damit das vor dem iudex zu erörternde und zu beweisende Streitprogramm fest. Ein Beispiel für die r. bietet etwa Dig. 44,2,9,1, wo es dem Kläger ermöglicht wird, dem Einwand der Rechtskraft entgegenzuhalten, da…

Pluspetitio

(554 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] (Übermaßforderung, vgl. Cod. Iust. 3,10) - oder häufiger: plus petere - ist eine röm. Rechtsfigur, die aufs engste mit dem kunstvollen Aufbau der formula im röm. Formularprozeß verbunden ist. Die p. führt zu Sanktionen bzw. Reaktionen des Prozeßrechts, die vom Prozeßverlust bis hin zu Korrekturen (wie heute noch bei den Kosten) innerhalb des Rechtsstreits reichen. Laut Gaius [2] (inst. 4,53ff.; 68) unterscheidet das klass. röm. Prozeßrecht des 1.-3. Jh.n.Chr. zw. vier Erscheinungsformen der p.: re, tempore, loco, causa (sachlich, zeitlich, örtlich oder w…

Reskriptprozeß

(180 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Dieser röm. Prozeßtyp entwickelt sich ab Hadrianus (2. Jh. n. Chr.) als eine Sonderform des zivilprozessualen Kognitionsverfahrens ( cognitio ). Seine Besonderheit besteht darin, daß die maßgebliche Rechtsfrage (also nicht auch die Richtigkeit der Tatsachen) vorab vom Princeps mittels eines Antwortschreibens ( rescriptum ) auf die schriftliche Anfrage des nunmehrigen Klägers für das konkrete Verfahren geklärt ist, so daß nunmehr im wesentlichen allein die Richtigkeit der in der Anfrage nur unterstellte…

Cognitio

(279 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] ist von cognoscere abgeleitet und bedeutet eine in Richterfunktion vorgenommene Untersuchung oder Entscheidung. Im Strafprozeß wird mit diesem Begriff sowohl die Untersuchung einer Straftat einschließlich des Erkenntnisverfahrens (Dig. 47,20,3 pr.) als auch das Verhör eines Verhafteten (Dig. 1,16,6 pr.) bezeichnet. Im Zivilprozeß bedeutet causae c. eine meist summarische, magistratische Prüfung; als Prozeßform wandelt sich die c. von einer außergewöhnlichen Verfahrensart ( extraordinaria c.) zum ausschließlichen Prozeß (sog. Kognitionsverfa…

Furtum tabularum

(99 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Ein Delikt, das der heutigen Beweisvereitelung entspricht und somit eine mehr oder minder feste Beweislastvereitelung im röm. Zivilprozeß impliziert. Tabulae sind schriftliche Aufzeichnungen, die u.a. der Beweissicherung dienten; als solche gehören sie zu den von Quintilian klassifizierten Beweismitteln ( instrumenta, inst. 5,5,1ff.). Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) Bibliography G. Klingenberg, Das Beweisproblem beim Urkundendiebstahl, in: ZRG 96, 1979, 229-257 C. Paulus, Die Beweisvereitelung in der Struktur des dt. Zivilprozesses, in:…

Reiectio

(57 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Mit r. civitatis ist die Aufgabe des Bürgerrechts gemeint, mit r. iudicis die Befugnis der Parteien eines Zivil- oder Strafprozesses, eine bestimmte Anzahl von Richtern abzulehnen, die gemäß der Richterliste für die Abhandlung des Falles grundsätzlich in Betracht kommen. Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) Bibliography M. Kaser, K. Hackl, Das röm. Zivilprozeßrecht, 21996, 195, 198.

Liquet

(116 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Anders als unter dem heute verfassungsrechtlich garantierten Justizgewährungsanspruch durfte der Richter der (klass.) röm. Ant. erklären, daß er sich zu einer Entscheidungsfindung außerstande sehe: rem sibi non liquere (Gell. 14,2,25), wenn er nicht entsprechend der Prozeßformel ( formula ) verurteilen oder freisprechen konnte. Leistete er einen entsprechenden Eid, konnten die Parteien denselben Rechtsstreit vor einem anderen Richter betreiben. Gleiches galt für einen durch private Schiedsvereinbarung eingesetzten arbiter (Di…

Probatio

(1,141 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Baumhauer, Otto A. (Bremen)
(“Probe”; “Prüfung”; “Beweis(führung)”). [English version] I. Recht Im röm. Recht subsumiert man unter p. ohne klare Trennschärfe die für jeden Zivilprozeß zentrale Phase der Beweiserhebung insgesamt, die Frage nach der Beweislastverteilung und schließlich auch die Liste der Beweismittel. Die von dem iudex (“Richter”) durchzuführende Beweiserhebung wird in den Juristenschriften kaum behandelt; sie galt nicht als Rechtsfrage. Die Verteilung der Beweislast wurde wohl nicht so streng wie heute beachtet, doch hat es g…

Arbiter

(282 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] bedeutete urspr. wohl denjenigen, der hingeht ( ad baetere), und kennzeichnet damit den in Augenschein nehmenden Streitentscheider im Gegensatz zu dem über ein reines Rechtsbegehren urteilenden iudex. Ein solcher tatsachenkundiger Entscheider war wohl bes. bei Teilungsklagen erforderlich, die statt auf eine Verurteilung oder Freisprechung auf eine rechtsgestaltende Zuweisung ( adiudicatio ) gerichtet waren. Dieses Unterscheidungsmerkmal zwischen a. und iudex verschwimmt jedenfalls bereits im Zwölftafelrecht mehr und mehr (Fest. 336). Da…
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