( AD 362 )

( Johnson, Coleman-Norton & Bourne, Ancient Roman Statutes, Austin, 1961, p. 244, n. 309


   Two fragmentary inscriptions, found on the Aegean isles of Amorgos in 1841 and of Lesbos before 1902, give a longer form of Julian's letter on judges who heard only minor cases. The letter is preserved in CTh. I, 16, 8 and CJ  3, 3, 5.


   Some controversies which require a superior judge's cognizance and examination are wont to arise. Moreover, there are certain cases wherein it is unnecessary to await the governor of a province.
   And it seems quite right to us, after weighing each side, that we should give to governors the power of appointing petty judges, that is, those who shall decide rather unimportant cases. For thus they both will free themselves of part of their cares and yet no less, so to speak, themselves will perform this duty, when those, whom they have chosen, perform it.
   And, Secundus, we order your Excellency to perfect the establishment of this matter according to your Eminence's judgment . . .