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Unless otherwise specified, the descriptions of sources in this section are extracted from Pierre-Etienne Will and collaborators,Official Handbooks and Anthologies of Imperial China: A Descriptive and Critical Bibliography (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
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TitleGesheng xingbu an 各省刑部案
Topic2.2 Judicial cases: Local casebooks
Historical periodUnknown
Reprint (year of)2005
CollectionLidai panli pandu 歷代判例判牘
Number of volume6
Place of publication北京
Publication typePrint

The text in Lidai panli pandu includes 334 short cases submitted to the Ministry of Justice by governors and governor generals and arranged according to the order of statutes in the Code. Almost all the cases deal with the “Punishments” part of the Code (xinglü ): only the last two are  listed under a law  belonging to  the  “Public Works”  (gonglü )  part;  another one refers  to a  statute  from the  “Revenue” part  (hulü ), but for some reason it appears  in the middle of statutes belonging to “Punishments” [p. 788 in Lidai panli pandu]. Some statutes have only  one case  listed under them, while  others may have more than 50.  Each case is captioned with the name of the province that submitted it, the year  (with some exceptions), and the name of the criminal. It consists of a short summary of the crime or offense, followed by a sentence  proposal  based on an analogy with existing statutes or substatutes (using the phrase bizhao/yi … lü/li  比照/依…律/例), sometimes arguing that “there  is no article in the law on which the case can be adjudicated” (lü wu zhizui zhengtiao  律無治罪正條), or some similar phrase. A few cases end with the Ministry‟s considerations or with the emperor‟s final decision modifying the  proposed  sentence.  The  type  of crime  (zuiming)  is indicated in the central margin.  The  collection was  apparently  compiled to serve as a guide for  proposing judgments  based on analogies;  it  probably  dates from  the Daoguang era  (as  stated by the editor  in Lidai panli pandu). Nearly all  entries  are dated with a year number (omitting the name o the era); as these numbers range from “year 18” to “year 25” and from “year 1” to “year 3”, it is probable that the collection covers the year JQ 18 to DG 3 (1813-1823). 

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