TWELVE TABLESTwelve Tables. Roman law. The earliest surviving legislation enacted by the Romans, written on 12 tablets in the 5th century B.C. ? The Tables set out many rights and duties of Roman citizens, including debtors’ rights, family law, wills, torts, civil procedure, and some public law. They substituted a written body of laws, easily accessible and binding on all citizens of Rome, for an unwritten usage accessible to only a few. The law of the Twelve Tables was also known as the Lex Duodecim Tabularum.
¡°The Twelve Tables continued to be recognized for many centuries as the fundamental law of the Romans; they did not formally lose this character until it was taken from them by the legislation of Justinian.¡± James Hadley, Introduction to Roman Law 74¨C75 (1881).
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