The Justinian Code is part of Roman law and part of the Corpus Juris Civilis set up by Justinian I who was the Eastern Roman emperor in Constantinople. These laws were created during his reign in the 6th century AD. The Justinian code consists of four books which are Codex Constitutionum, Digesta, or Pandectae, Institutiones and Novellae Constitutiones Post Codicem. Now, let me explain in detail.
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History Behind The Justinian Code
Earlier, I revealed that Roman emperor Justinian I set up these rules and regulations. Before then, he appointed a 10-man commission to help. Their duties were straightforward. They were to go through all the known ordinances, or “constitutions,” issued by the emperors, weed out the contradictory and obsolescent material, and adapt all provisions to the circumstances of that time. The result was a revised Codex (Codex Repetitae Praelectionis) containing 12 books; the revisions were based partly on Justinian’s own new legislation.
Why Is The Justinian Code Important?
The Justinian Code had a lot of benefits. Some of them are:
- It helped to simplify centuries of existing Roman laws into one system.
- The Code was used as the foundation for many European countries’ legal systems and its influence can still be seen today.