The first ancient Roman
law system was based on the Twelve Tables. These tables were written
by the ten consuls around 450 B.C and they were basic laws for the
governing of Rome. They dealt mostly
with crime and property and the basis for decisions in trial based
on the situation of the crime or arguement.
Laws added later on dealt with conditions and rules of marriage.
During the Roman Republic, Rome was held under a
basic constitution. Although the constitution was
not written out, the officers and the senate helped to enforce the law and
judge it. A variety of jobs such as
praetors, which judged cases, and tribunes, who protected the rights
of the plebians under the laws created
by the senate which was managed by consuls.
In the Roman empire, the emperor was
the ruler of all law and people. When the emperor took all
of the senate's power, the senators remained to
advise him.The senators maintained a stable truce with
the emperors until the revolt against Nero in 69 A.D.
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