The Directores Causarum of Transylvania and Partium in the Second Half of the 16th Century Cover Image
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Az erdélyi és a partiumi jogügyigazgatók a 16. század második felében
The Directores Causarum of Transylvania and Partium in the Second Half of the 16th Century

Author(s): Zsolt Bogdándi
Subject(s): 16th Century
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: directores causarum; 16th Century; judicial reorganization; Royal (Princely) Table (Tabula, Sedria)
Summary/Abstract: The establishment of the institution of the directores causarum lies on medieval backgrounds having in mind the fact that the first directores appeared under the reign of king Sigismund. They were charged to represent the king and it’s treasury during the lawsuit. After the judicial reorganization of Transylvania which took place starting with 1556, a Royal (Princely) Table (Tabula, Sedria) had been established with paid assessores and two protonotaries were also appointed, initially one for the Partium and one for Transylvania. This model has been used also in the case of the directores as two persons were appointed for this function. They were charged to take action in cases which didn’t involve private accusation so their activity was focused on one hand on the crimes that endangered the public order (charges of treason, blasphemy, etc.), on the other hand they represented the princes in the sedria and in the field in trials concerning the treasuries belongings, especially in cases regarding the estates without heirs. The present article offers the complete list of the directores which hold this office untill the end of the 16th century.

  • Page Range: 9-24
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Hungarian