In addition, Lederer has also patiently sifted the minutes of Bavaria's Aulic Council
(Hofrat), which investigated over three hundred suicides between 1611 and 1670 trying to determine whether these "self-murderers" were compos mentis (Lederer has already published five articles in German and one in English about suicide in Bavaria ).
The Imperial Aulic Council (Reichshofrat) was at Vienna.
65] Both quarrels continued intermittently over several decades, reflecting long-drawn-out power struggles between the local dynasty and its estates and in which the Aulic Council played a key role.
This pattern was typical and is likewise found, for example, in eighteenth-century Bavaria: by twice bringing complaints before the Aulic Council (in 1760 and 1765) while threatening to do so on other occasions, the local estates there also successfully defended their traditional control over the taxation system against recurrent attempts by the prince to disempower them.
The emperor on such occasions gave the formulaic reply, "you shall have justice [Euch wird Recht werden]" and turned the matter over to the Aulic Council.
The Aulic Council was barred from accepting cases originating from within the Habsburg lands, so its docket came mostly from other parts of the empire.
The Aulic Council also exercised a certain droit de regard over the estates of the empire in nonjudicial matters.