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Delivering Justice in Qing ChinaCivil Trials in the Magistrate's Court$
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Linxia Liang

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263990

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263990.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Delivering Justice in Qing China

Linxia Liang

British Academy

This introductory chapter discusses the magistrates and their possible roles in debt, marriage, and land disputes. It begins with the data sources used by the author, namely the Qing official law, original case records, and the collections of judicial decisions. The latter part of the chapter introduces two fundamental issues, namely: the Qing approach to matters concerning land, debt, and marriage, and the multiple roles of the magistrate in terms of his responsibilities.

Keywords:   magistrates, Qing official law, original case records, judicial decisions, Qing approach, land, debt, marriage

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