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documentTypeBook
Title[Sanchi dingheng] Fajia xinshu 三尺定衡法家新書 [A New Book for Legalists: Deciding on the Evaluation of Cases According to Law]
Short titleFajia xinshu
Topic4.3 Magistrates handbooks: Handbooks for Pettifoggers (songshi 訟師)
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
CountryChinese
Year1825
AuthorWu Tianmin 吳天民
CollectionBNF
Number of volume5
Publication typeWoodblock
Abstract

An extremely detailed and specialized handbook for pettifoggers. Contrary to others (e.g. Fajia jingtian lei [q.v.]), the pages are not split into two horizontal registers, the same materials being spread over four chapters. J. 1 (shou 首) contains a wealth of materials on the formats for complaints, sentencing, the general categories of the Penal Code in rhyme form (lüfa zongge 律法總歌), “questions and answers” on judicial decisions in typical cases (duanzui wenda 斷罪問答), the contents and application of categories such as the “six spoils” (liuzang 六贓) or “seven sorts of homicide” (qisha 七殺), the rules for redeeming punishments, and more. J. 2 is devoted to the categories (lei) of the code (for both penal and civil cases) most used in local courts (see Fajia jingtian lei, q.v.). J. 3 introduces various types of relevant administrative documents, plus examples of prohibitions (e.g. again adultery) and proclamations (e.g. to pray for rain). J. 4 includes more proclamations, and models of judicial sentences (panduan lei 判斷類).

Comment

An extremely detailed and specialized handbook for litigation masters. Contrary to many books featuring the same sort of material, the pages are not split into two registers. J. 1 (首) contains a wealth of data on the formats for complaints, on sentencing, and on the general categories of the Penal Code, presented in rhymed verse (律法總歌); there are also “questions and answers” on judicial decisions in typical situations (斷罪問答), and explanations on the contents and application of categories like the six spoils (六贓) or seven sorts of homicide (七殺), on the rules for redeeming punishments, and other similar topics. J. 2 is devoted to the categories (類) of the Code most used in local courts for both penal and civil cases (see under Fajia jingtian lei). J. 3 introduces various types of relevant administrative documents, plus examples of prohibitions (e.g., against adultery) and proclamations (e.g., to pray for rain). J. 4 includes more proclamations, and models of judicial sentences (判斷類).

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
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