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(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,…


(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

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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…


(103 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Nach Gai. inst. 4,42 ist a. derjenige Teil der Prozeßformel, der dem Richter rechtsgestaltende Befugnisse einräumt. Diese waren bei den 3 Teilungsklagen ( familiae erciscundae, communi dividundo, finium regundorum) erforderlich, weil bei ihnen die vorhandenen Vermögensgegenstände, bzw. bei der letztgenannten Klage die Grenzlinie, unter den Parteien verteilt bzw. geklärt werden mußte. Zu diesem Zweck konnte der Richter sowohl sachenrechtliche Rechtspositionen (Eigentum, Hypothek, Nießbrauch, etc.) zuweisen a…


(155 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Im allgemeinen Zivilrecht die spezifizierende Kennzeichnung einer Sache oder Person (Dig. 6,1,6). Dieser Begriff liegt dem noch heute geltenden, von den Römern vornehmlich bei der Testamentsauslegung verwendeten Auslegungstopos falsa d. non nocet (‘ein falscher Ausdruck schadet der Wirksamkeit des Geschäftes nicht’) zugrunde (Inst. Iust. 2,20,30). Im zivilprozessualen Kontext bedeutet d. die bei einer Vielzahl von Prozeßformeln an den Anfang gestellte knappe Präzisierung des streitgegenständlichen Sachverhalts (Gai. inst. 4,39;…


(595 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Der von dem Verb edere (“vorlegen, vorzeigen, bekanntmachen”) abgeleitete Begriff e. hat im juristischen Sprachgebrauch mehrere Bedeutungen: (1) Die e. actionis (Dig. 2,13) bezeichnet die für die Rechtshängigkeit eines Prozesses im Formularverfahren erforderliche Bekanntmachung des Klägers gegenüber dem Beklagten, welche Klage(-formel) er gegen ihn anzustrengen gedenkt; sofern der Beklagte diese Formel annimmt ( accipere iudicium), ist damit zugleich die litis contestatio (Streitbezeugung) zustandegekommen. Lange Zeit h…


(528 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Wörtlich “Rechtsprechung”. Solange die i. in verschiedene Verfahrensabschnitte (insbes. in iure, apud iudicem) aufgeteilt war, bezeichnet sie die hoheitlichen Machtbefugnisse, die dem röm. Gerichtsmagistrat zur Wahrnehmung der Rechtspflege übertragen sind. Während dieser Terminus urspr. für die Privatrechtspflege gebraucht wurde, wird er im 2. Jh.n.Chr. auch auf die Strafrechtspflege ausgedehnt sowie auf das Kognitionsverfahren ( cognitio ), in dessen Kontext i. die richterlichen Amtsbefugnisse insgesamt umschreibt - also auch die Befug…


(300 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] Die schriftlich abgefaßte f. ist das Wesenselement desjenigen Prozeßtyps, der das Legisaktionenverfahren ( legis actio ) abgelöst hat (mittels der lex Aebutia, 2. Jh. v.Chr., sowie zweier leges Iuliae, 17 v.Chr.) und der demzufolge allg. als Formularprozeß bezeichnet wird. Unbeschadet einer wohl nur allmählichen Fortentwicklung zeichnet sich dieser klass. Verfahrenstyp in der späten Republik und der Prinzipatszeit gegenüber seinem Vorgänger durch seine weitaus größere Flexibilität und Anpassungsfähigkeit a…


(223 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin)
[English version] bedeutet das bestätigende Nachsprechen einer förmlichen Parteierklärung durch den Magistrat. Als solches ist es durch Gell. 17,2,10 bereits für den Zwölftafelprozeß bezeugt. Macr. Sat. 1,16,14 bezeichnet do, dico, addico ( tria verba sollemnia) als die wohl bei den wichtigsten verfahrensleitenden Schritten vom Magistrat feierlich und förmlich auszusprechenden Worte, die überdies nur an dies fasti zulässig waren (Varro ling. 6,30). Die magistratische Bestätigung war der meist wohl konstitutive Rechtsbegründungsakt etwa bei der in iure cessio (Gai. inst…
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