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Law and Space: Juridical Organisation and Central Places in Banat, Western Romania


Journal: Romanian Review of Regional Studies
ISSN 1841-1576

Volume: IV;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 63;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Juridical organisation | Law | Central places | Courts of justice | Space | Urban system | Banat

The paper analyzes the relationship between the juridical system and the hierarchy of settlements in Banat, Romania. The historical development of the law institutions is presented, highlighting the peculiarities of the region. The present juridical organisation is also thoroughly analysed. Emphasis is laid on the importance of the Appellate Court in Timişoara, the county courts and the trial courts, and their magistrates. The number and territorial distribution of the auxiliaries of justice, the lawyers and notaries public, sheds light on the significance of certain settlements for the law system. The hierarchy of central places in Banat is studied from the perspective of the juridical organisation. In conclusion, the established hierarchy is uncontested for the first four levels, including the cities of Timişoara, Arad, Reşiţa, Lugoj and Caransebeş. Nevertheless, there are significant differences between the smaller towns of the lower levels.
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