Justinian the GreatJustinian Code

In February 528, The Emperor, Justinian appointed a commission, consisting of ten persons, to make a new collection of imperial constitutions.

The result was to gather together Roman law into one code, known as the Justinian Code.

The Justinian Code was divided into four parts:

  • The Institutes served as a textbook in law for students and lawyers.
  • The Digest was a casebook covering many trials and decisions.
  • The Codex was a collection of statutes and principles, and
  • The Novels contained new proposed laws.
  • This legal code became the foundation of law in most western European countries. It was a compilation of early Roman laws and legal principles, illustrated by cases, and combined with an explanation of new laws and future legislation to be put into effect.



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