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(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…


(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…


(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…


(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…


(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 …


(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. …


(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


(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…


(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…


(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 …


(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…


(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.


(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…


(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…

Publicatio bonorum

(212 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Die P.b. (Vermögenseinziehung) wurde in Rom als Folge eines Strafurteils seit je (vgl. Liv. 2,5,2; 2,8,2; 3,55,7) praktiziert. Die p.b. überantwortete urspr. als consecratio (Weihung) den Täter mitsamt seinem Vermögen der Gottheit im Sinne einer Friedloserklärung (wohl Vernichtung der Habe, vielleicht auch Überführung in Tempeleigentum); sie entwickelte sich in späterer republikanischer Zeit (wohl seit 169 v. Chr., vgl. Liv. 43,16,10) zu einer (zwangsläufigen) Nebenstrafe bei der Ver…


(77 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] ist derjenige freie Bürger, der die Sache, insbes. die Freiheit, des parteiunfähigen Sklaven vor Gericht vertritt: Als Kläger in der vindicatio in libertatem einschließlich der manumissio vindicta, als Beklagter in der vindicatio in servitutem. Zu den Mißbrauchsmöglichkeiten des Freiheitsprozesses Liv. 3,44 ff. Justinian erklärt den Sklaven nach vorhergehenden Auflockerungen endgültig im Freiheitsprozeß als parteifähig (Cod. Iust. 7,17). Vindicatio; Manumissio Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) Bibliography E. Ferenczy, in: Studi Donatuti, 1973,…
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