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Practice And Regulation At The Herredsting

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The court with sentencing functions that the majority of inhabitants of the Danish realm would have encountered most frequently was their local district court (herredsting). This chapter investigates how the institutions for the administration of justice developed and to what extent such developments influenced practical procedure and its legal regulation - or vice versa. The provincial laws, in particular the Law of Jylland, demanded that provincial and local courts met every fortnight, and this custom continued in subsequent centuries. In 1622 the central administration sent a missive to the bishop of the diocese of Sjælland clarifying that deacons could not be court scribes - an occurrence that had happened in several local courts. The jurors decisions still played a significant role in the administration of justice, although they were probably on their way to being wound down in favour of a single judge at both first- and second-instance courts.

Keywords: court scribes; herredsting; jurors; Jylland; local courts



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