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Papers of the Court of the Septem or Sex Viri, 1927 - 1987

 Fonds — Container: S.V.Ct.
Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/S.V.Ct.

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’.


3 folder(s)

2 archive box(es)

1 volume(s)

Language of Materials



Court of the Septem or Sex Viri

Finding aid date

1998-05-06 13:50:30+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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