civil law. The report which the judges made of the
proceedings in certain suits to the prince were so called.
2. These relations took place when the judge had no law to direct him,
or when the laws were susceptible of difficulties; it was then referred to the
prince, who was the author of the law, to give the interpretation. Those
reports were made in writing and contained the pleadings of the parties, and
all the proceedings, together with the judge s opinion, and prayed the emperor
to order what should be done. The ordinance of the prince thus required was
called a rescript. (q. v.) the use of these relations was abolished by
Justinian, Nov. 125.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition