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Kimberley Czajkowski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777335.001.0001

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The Alternatives to the Assizes?

The Alternatives to the Assizes?

(p.133) 5 The Alternatives to the Assizes?
Localized Law

Kimberley Czajkowski

Oxford University Press

This chapter tackles the issue of the existence of local tribunals as an alternative to the Roman system. While there is no direct attestation of any such legal fora in the archives, it is suggested that this should not be taken as proof of their non-existence. This lack of reference does, however, mean that the discussion makes great reference to evidence elsewhere in the Roman Empire; this is used to contextualize the archive and consider possibilities of non-Roman legal fora that may have been operating in the area. It is suggested that if these local courts existed they were probably viewed under the umbrella of arbitration by Roman authorities. These, like other informal negotiation strategies, may also have been used in conjunction with the Roman court system.

Keywords:   local tribunal, arbitration, alternative, legal forum, local court, negotiation

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