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Dual Jurisdiction In The City

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There is a dual jurisdiction in the city: ecclesiastical and secular. Only the bishop holds the ecclesiastical jurisdiction, and not only are the disputes of the ecclesiastics dealt with there but so are those of laymen, particularly in order for debtors to be struck with the ecclesiastical fulminations let loose by the judge and thus forced to repay their creditors. This court, which they also call a curia or consistory, has several different officers. The first is the judge, who is appointed by the bishop and receives his authority from him. They call him the “official of the court of Münster”. The secular court is always held in the area of the public marketplace that is fenced in with barricades, under the vaults of the council hall. In addition to civil cases, criminals are also tried there whenever the situation so dictates.

Keywords: civil cases; court of Münster; dual jurisdiction; ecclesiastical jurisdiction

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