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William Gordon

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625161

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625161.001.0001

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The Acts of the Scottish Lords of Council in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries: Records and Reports☼

The Acts of the Scottish Lords of Council in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries: Records and Reports☼

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(p.267) 20 The Acts of the Scottish Lords of Council in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries: Records and Reports
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Roman Law, Scots Law and Legal History
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William M Gordon

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625161.003.0020

This article considers briefly the emergence of a judicial council which lies behind the creation of the Court of Session in 1532 and the acta which record their work. So-called decision Practicks begin with Sinclair in 1540 recording contemporary decisions but digest Practicks record decisions which seem to have been collected in a register referred to by Balfour. This register does not seem to have been a contemporary record, at least for the earliest cases, and the arrangement appears to have been chronological with the entries derived from the recorded acta which have been preserved.

Keywords:   Acts of Council, Balfour's Practicks, Decision Practicks, Digest Practicks, Register of decreets

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