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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…

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…
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