( AD 81-96 )

( Johnson, Coleman-Norton & Bourne, Ancient Roman Statutes, Austin, 1961, p. 159, n. 194 ).

   This fragment, on a bronze plaque found near Cortegana, Huelva, Spain, and reported in 1904, is apparently part of a municipal charter and probably contemporary with those of Salpensa and Malaga. It prescribes legal procedure in bringing suit for crimes against the municipality.


   . . . on a day when, in accordance with this law, judicial hearings are proper and permitted . . . and publicly published in that place where the magistrate holds court . . . whose names he shall duly keep posted to the third day, so that they can be read easily from the ground level.
   Likewise, if . . . the judex, who is bound to pronounce the decision between the parties, and if he comes to some . . . and on that day because of religious rites at home . . . the plaintiff shall not have for the same reason any ground for action against him . . .
   . . . to sue for this money and concerning this money, anyone of the citizens of this town who wishes and who is permitted by this law shall have the right of action, claim, prosecution . . .