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Introduction Jurisdiction And Central Courts In Later Medieval Europe

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Jurisdiction means power to decide. A law court is a formal expression and instrument of such power. In medieval society, however, jurisdiction was far more than a technical statement of the limits of judicial competence. In medieval Europe, the significance of jurisdiction was more commonly localised and personal, and was related closely to the feudal concept of tenurial lordship. Any substantial alteration in the pattern of jurisdiction within a medieval state is of great potential significance as a possible sign of political, constitutional, governmental or legal change and development. The judicial activity of the King's Council in fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Scotland can be seen as part of a European pattern of development.

Keywords: judicial competence; medieval Europe



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