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The Rule of Law in Action in Democratic Athens$
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Edward M. Harris

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899166.001.0001

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The Judicial Oath

The Judicial Oath

(p.101) 3 The Judicial Oath
The Rule of Law in Action in Democratic Athens

Edward M. Harris

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Judicial Oath, which provides the best evidence for the way judges viewed their task. The Judicial Oath contained four basic pledges: to vote according to the laws and decrees of the Athenian people; to listen to both sides equally; to vote with one's most just judgment; and to vote only about the charges in the indictment.

Keywords:   Athenian law, judges, pledges, rule of law

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