The Senatus Consulta in Roman Law

By: Anavitarte, E. J.*

The senateconsults, or senatus consulta, were the set of acts uttered by the senate in which they examined some matter placed under their auctoritas.

Throughout Roman history its legal binding varied, being of a merely consultative nature during the republican period, especially after the promulgation of the Lex Hortensia; and mandatory during the empire.

The senate was present throughout the history of Ancient Rome, and one of its main functions was to advise the rex, the magistrates, or the princeps and decide on litigious issues, which did not correspond to the jurisdiction of the magistrate.

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