KUJIKATA OSADAMEGAKI (公事方御定書, lit. "book of rules for
public officials") was a two-volume rulebook for Japanese judicial
bureaucrats during the
The book was used to determine appropriate judgements and punishments by servants of the daimyo (大名), but these servants were not required to follow the guidelines of the Kujikata Osadamegaki. Rather, they were bound to mete out fair justice only by the Japanese Confucian directive to serve one's daimyō well.
* Yosiyuki Noda (1976). Introduction to Japanese Law, trans. and ed. by Anthony H. Angelo. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 1976: 31-39.
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