1 item (6 leaves) : paper ; 23 x 18 cm
Two gatherings of three bifolio containing arrêts, final decisions or judgments, of the Parlement to Paris, dated 1639 and 1640, about issues of marriage and property, exile, office, and guardianship among them. All but one of these decisions is from the Grande Chambre or Chambre aux plaids. Laid-in gatherings removed from Robbins MS 314.
Ms. gatherings. Title devised by cataloger. Collation: Paper (watermark: armoires, similar to Heawood 690), fol. 6; 1⁴ 2². Leaves 1, 2, and 6 left blank. Script: Written in cursive. Origin: Written in France, most likely in Paris, in the late seventeenth century. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 314A.
Formatted Contents Note
Arrest du Parlement du mois de Xbro. 1639, Grand Chambre: retrait Arrest de la cour des [aydes?] du mois de fevrier 1640: apoticaire Arrest du fevrier 1640, Grand Chambre: subsitution Arrest du [blank] fevrier 1640, Grand Chambre: office de judicature non saisissable reelement Arrest du 20 may 1640, Grande Chambre Arrest du 21 may id. Grande Chambre: exempti[i]on de tutelle.
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The Parlement de Paris was the oldest of the ancien régime's parlements, which functioned as an appellate court. Offspring of the Curia regis, the Curia in Parlemento became more autonomous after the mid-thirteenth century. Established on the Île de Cité by Louis IX, it adjudicated cases concerning the king's vassals, appeals of decisions made by royal officials and seignorial courts. It filled lacunae in the law and set rules of procedure. From the fourteenth century onward, the Parlement also registered the crown's edicts and rulings. The Chambre aux Plaids, or Grande Chambre, was the central court of the Parlement, and it was joined by other chambers, including the Chambres des Enquêtes, the Chambre des Requêtes, the Chambre Tournelle (for criminal cases), etc. Other parlements were created for various French provinces beginning in the fifteenth century, but the Parlement de Paris retained the widest jurisdiction. A source of opposition to the crown between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the Parlements were disbanded after the French Revolution.