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The Evolution Of The Session 1426–1532

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Within the period 1426-1532 one can categorise three distinguishable institutions which were designated by the word ?session". The first could be termed the auditorial Session, composed of members of the three estates of Parliament (nobility, church and burghs) and sitting as a statutory judicial tribunal enabled by successive though intermittent acts of Parliament. The second could be termed the conciliar Session, being sessions of the King's Council which were devoted to judicial work. The third was constituted by the Session as defined within the institutional framework of the College of Justice after its foundation in 1532, conducted by individuals who continued to be Lords of Council and Session. R.K. Hannay's analysis of the period after 1513 was based upon the belief that the battle of Flodden had a disastrous effect on Scottish government generally, and the functioning of the Session in particular.

Keywords: auditorial session; conciliar session; judicial council; Scottish government

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