oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The patronus as representative in civil proceedings and his contribution towards the attainment of justice in Rome
The law of procedure consists of the rules describing the steps to be taken in a legal dispute. Frier states that despite its many shortcomings the procedure of Roman private law contributed to the judicial system's legitimacy. He points out that lawyers usually consider civil procedure as a kind of ''conduit'' for channelling disputes toward their proper judicial resolution in a verdict. Procedure with its traditional roles and role playing (litigants, advocates, witnesses, judges etc) makes provision for ''allowable conflict'' in prescribed ways.
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