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TitleYunjian yanlue 雲間讞略[A Brief Account of Judgments in Songjiang]
Topic2.2 Judicial cases: Local casebooks
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
Reprint (year of)2005
AuthorMao Yilu 毛一鷺
CollectionLidai panli pandu 歷代判例判牘
Number of volume3
Place of publication北京
Publication typePrint

An anthology of “court opinions”, always introduced with the words  shende  審得, composed by the author during his tenure as prefectural judge (tuiguan  推官) in Songjiang 松江 (Jiangsu) and as acting magistrate in Huating  華亭 and Qingpu  青蒲. According to the table of contents there were originally 321 cases, of which 171  [183 according to Jiang and Wu]  remain in the extant portion. Most of the cases were remanded to Mao by higher officials, including not only the grand coordinator and regional inspector but also all of the local cicuit officials, because of his reputation as a judge. They concern every sort of crime.Each entry is captioned with a characterization of the crime, followed by an indication of the of the criminal or accuser. In about 50 entries the answer of the superior offices is recorded. The majority of cases concern natives of Songjiang prefecture, but there are also a few from other areas, such as Suzhou  蘇州, Wujiang  吳江, Jiading  嘉定, Yixing  宜興, Wujin  武進, and local military offices. The final  juan contains Mao‟s communications with his superiors, including suggestions for change; they concern such problems as clerical abuses in granaries and storehouses, abuses in the service position in charge of all calculations (the  zongshu 總書), abuses by local students (shengyuan  生員), the condition of prisoners in cold weather, the prohibition of women‟s involvement in legal cases, and local officials reporting tax collection as completed when it is still ongoing (this last communication written in Huating). The final pages, with five additional communications, are missing. According to Jiang and Wu (see below), the Yunjian yanlü e was published during the 1610s or early 1620s; the latest case recorded is from 1608.

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