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The Foundation Of The College Of Justice

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The foundation of the College of Justice has generally been considered an unimportant event by modern historians. R.K. Hannay's interest was concentrated on the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and a recurring focus of his work was the significance of the foundation of the College of Justice in 1532. The foundation of the College of Justice in 1532 was institutionally insignificant follows in large part from assessing its importance in isolation from the general path of development of the Session over the preceding years. 1532 is usually taken to be the year of the foundation of the College of Justice because of the parliamentary statute of that year. The form which the foundation took involved the entrenchment of the pre-existing Session. The foundation of the College of Justice was intended to and did cause a significant change in the organisation of central justice in Scotland.

Keywords: College of Justice; Hannay



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