Voluntary jurisdiction

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(Eng. Eccl. Law) See Contentious jurisdiction, under Contentious.

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268) Voluntary jurisdiction, by contrast, was "the intervention of a magistrate in matters in which there [was] no quarrel between the parties and the fictitious trial serve[d] only as away of performing certain legal acts or transactions.
272) Indeed, many of the invocations of voluntary jurisdiction described above were similar to petitions for naturalization in federal courts in that the law provided a procedure by which parties could alter their legal status through ex parte applications for judicial action.
According to Fernandez de Bujan, voluntary jurisdiction in Roman law occupied an "autonomous" zone on the border between the judicial and administrative powers and, as a result, has posed challenges for historians attempting to classify or describe its precise nature.

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