Codification And Repretation Of Roman Law

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Codification and interpretation of law are crucial of quality of laws. Codification is the process of creating and recording laws into written form such as in statutes and codes of laws. The art of determining intend meaning of those written documents is called interpretation. Codification and interpretation of laws contribute to development of any legal system. This assignment will consider how codification and interpretation of laws impacted on the development of Roman law.


Roman law has a history almost as old as Rome itself. In the beginning of the republic, Roman law was held in the minds and memories of Rome’s judges and magistrates. Such a system was prime for misapplication. An officer could over look or even change laws spontaneously, and there was no real way to question him. Furthermore, since justices were members of nobility the basic individuals, or plebs, and litter any desire for discovering equity in such a framework. It can be seen there were several codifications in the history of Roman law. Such as leges,plebicita, Twelve Tables, Code of Justinian. Twelve Tables and Code of Justinian are the land mark events of codification of Roman law.

The Twelve Tables
‘It was decided that there be appointed, on the authority of the people, a commission of ten men by whom were to be studied the laws of the Greek City States and by whom their own city was to be endowed with laws. They wrote out the laws in
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