Balfour's Registrum<sup>☼</sup>

William M Gordon

in Roman Law, Scots Law and Legal History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625161
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671571 | DOI:
Balfour's Registrum☼

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Balfour in his Practicks refers to cases in a Registrum now lost, recording decisions of the Lords of Council. He converts the references into propositions of law for which the cases serve as vouchers. The arrangement of the Registrum seems to have been broadly chronological and it was perhaps produced by a trawl of the records but there is also some evidence of systematisation based on the Civil law. There is a possible connection to the sixteenth century law commissions of which Balfour was a member, especially that of 1574 which aimed to produce a digest of the law.

Keywords: Balfour; Balfour's Registrum; Balfour's Practicks; Civil law; Law commissions

Chapter.  7037 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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