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Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Kanonistische Abteilung

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Volume 102, Issue 1


Vom Allgemeinbekannten zum Gerichtsbekannten: Das allmähliche Verschwinden der Notorietät und die Veränderungen des römisch-kanonischen Beweisrechts in der Frühen Neuzeit

Mathias Schmoeckel
Published Online: 2016-09-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.26498/zrgka-2016-0110


From the wellknown to the notorious: The gradual decline of notoriety and changes in romancanon law of proof in the Early New Age. With the establishment of procedural natural rights at the beginning of the 14th century, notoriety, i.e. the declarative condemnation without any further procedure, had become unsuitable. The lawyers hesitated, however, to abandon this specialty of canon law. Instead they sought ways to harmonize the conflicting rules. In Modern Times lawyers became increasingly bold to deny the importance of notoriety or established procedural hindrances. The reactions in the central Europeans territories like Italy, France, and the Empire differed considerably. But towards the 19th century the interest declined. Only canon law kept the notoriety until 1918, whereas in secular legal orders only scarce traces survive. The decline of notoriety, therefore, indicates a slow, but decisive turn in the history of legal procedure.

Keywords: Notoriety; Law of proof; natural rights of procedure; right to be heard; due process

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Published Online: 2016-09-30

Published in Print: 2016-09-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Kanonistische Abteilung, Volume 102, Issue 1, Pages 200–241, ISSN (Online) 2304-4896, ISSN (Print) 0323-4142, DOI: https://doi.org/10.26498/zrgka-2016-0110.

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