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documentTypeBook
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
CountryChinese
Authorcomp. Guoying 國英, from Jilin, et al.
Volume8
Publication typeWoodblock
Comment

Besides Guangxi surveillance commissioner Guoying, given as director of the compilation (duxiu), four officials with the rank of prefect are “supervisors” (監修), and 26 lesser or expectant officials are “in charge” (承修), “sharing” (分修), or collators, apparently most of them members of the Judicial Bureau (讞局) of the province. Guoying claims that when he arrived in Guangxi in 1881, he could see all the procedural errors (錯謬) in the judiciary archives and decided to compile and publish the memoranda of the various bureaus of the Ministry of Justice, which expose excellently the “intentions of the substatutes” (例意); although some are in 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, Guoying 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 parts, sections, and statutes of the Code; each piece has a short explanatory caption, and the title of the relevant statute is indicated in the central margin. Memoranda that do not accord with the substatutes currently applying have been omitted.

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
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