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Mapping the LawEssays in Memory of Peter Birks$
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Andrew Burrows and Alan Rodger

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206551.001.0001

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Absent Parties and Bloody-Minded Judges

Absent Parties and Bloody-Minded Judges

(p.455) 24 Absent Parties and Bloody-Minded Judges
Mapping the Law

Ernest Metzger

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This chapter uses the provisions of chapter 84 of the Lex Irnitana and other texts to argue that what may at first sight appear simply to be requirements that the judge should adjourn proceedings in particular circumstances are better seen as a mechanism for ensuring that the parties' right to a fair trial is observed.

Keywords:   Roman law, fair trial, Roman formulary procedure, Lex Irnitana

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