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Title(Zengding) Xingbu shuotie 增訂刑部說帖[Memoranda from the Ministry of Justice]
Short titleB3861100-00
Topic2.1 Judicial cases: general casebooks
Historical periodUnknown
Authorcomp. Guoying 國英, from Jilin, et al.
Publication typeWoodblock
Comment1883 ed. of the office of the Guangxi provincial judge 板存廣西臬署, with preface by Guoying (1883), with (Zengding) Tongxing tiaoli 增訂通行條例, 2 j. (printed in 1883), appended. [Columbia].
Besides Guoying, the Guangxi provincial judge, given as director of the compilation (duxiu 督修), four officials with the rank of prefects are “supervisors” (jianxiu 監修), and 26 lesser or expectant officials are “in charge” (chengxiu 承修), “sharing” (fenxiu 分修), or collators, apparently most of them members of the judicial bureau (yan 讞) of the province. Guoying claims that when he arrived in Guangxi in 1881, he could see all the procedural errors (cuomiu 錯謬) in the judiciary archives and decided to compile and publish the memoranda of the various bureaux of the Ministry of Justice, which expose excellently the “intentions of the substatutes” (liyi 例意); although some are in the Xing’an huilan (q.v.), he says, they are not easy to research. According to the fanli the compilation was based on an “old preserved manuscript copy” (舊藏鈔本). Likewise, he had the regulations promulgated during the period 1851-83 and currently applying, but not yet published in book form, compiled as a supplement (they are arranged chronologically). The memoranda in the text proper are arranged in the order of the seven parts of the Code and the sections and statutes therein; each piece has been given a short explanatory title, and the title of the relevant statute is indicated in the central margin. Memoranda which do not accord with the substatutes currently applying have been omitted. (phtc. préf. et fanli).

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