The Edicts in Roman Law

By: Anavitarte, E. J.*

Edicts were the official pronouncements that Roman magistrates, on the strength of their faculty of ius edicendi, made to the public.

In general, the largest source of edicts in Roman law came from the praetors, since they had to invoke each year which rules they were going to have as reference for their trials. This work of publicity of the content of edicts resulted in the emergence of the ius honorarium.

As early as the Roman imperial era, edicts published by the emperor were relevant enough, and at the provincial level the edicts of the governors ruled like that of the emperor himself.

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