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New Spain And The Establishment Of Local Networks And Of A Reformed Judiciary

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This chapter explains the evolution of Spanish institutions, beginning with (1) the formation of autonomous communities, (2) the development of Spanish appellate courts, and (3) the institutionalization of procedures of judicial reform. Charles encouraged and supported the formation of town councils, both by Spanish colonists in the New World and by Indians. Charles then reinvigorated judicial platforms that his Spanish predecessors had created, namely the appellate courts, audiencias, and the procedure of audits. Charles followed with the institutionalization of corregimientos and the Mexican viceroyalty in the 1530s. In short, Charles advanced three projects in the New World: municipal liberty, the management of justice, and the transformation of indigenous groups sin regimientos into municipalities with regimientos.

Keywords: Charles V; judicial reform; Spanish institutions



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