Papers of the Court of the Septem or Sex Viri, 1927 - 1987
Scope and Contents
The records relate to procedure and a few cases.
- 1927 - 1987
Conditions Governing Access
These records are closed to scholars for 80 years from the date of creation under data protection legislation.
Biographical / Historical
This Court of the Septem or Sex Viri has two functions: (1) a University court of first instance in disciplinary cases against senior members; (2) a court of appeal against decisions of the Court of Discipline in the case of junior members. There is reference to 'septemviri' (seven men) in the Elizabethan statutes of 1570, but the court as it survives into modern times was first embodied in the new statutes of 1857 as a disciplinary court for senior members. It comprised six persons with the Chancellor presiding and was normally referred to as the Sex Viri. The 1926 statutes substituted the Vice-Chancellor for the Chancellor, and allowed appeal to the Chancellor, or his deputy, and two assessors. In 1939, without any necessity to revise the composition of the court, it was re-christened the ‘septemviri’.
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Court of the Septem or Sex Viri
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