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Learned Tendencies And Practical Considerations

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The introduction of a legal hierarchy and appeals against previous sentences to a higher authority is seen from the beginning of the twelfth century in ecclesiastical jurisdiction. The traditional view of late-medieval legal science in Denmark has been that it was largely present through its absence. The Danish legal system did not originally consist of a hierarchy of courts in which a case could be appealed from a lower court to a higher court, from the herreds- to the landsting. The many other sources that can be used to illuminate the development of institutions of legal administration and the law of procedure until the middle of the sixteenth century are primarily letters, royal recesses and town laws that dealt with conditions in Denmark, and which sometimes have the character of diplomas, that is documents of legal content.

Keywords: Danish legal system; Denmark; sixteenth century

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