SIX CODES (六法), refers to the six main legal codes that make up
the main body of law in
2 Civil Code (民法 Minpō, 1896) Civil Code (民法 Min-beob, 1958) Civil Code (民法 Mínfǎ, 1929)
3 Code of Civil Procedure (民事訴訟法 Minji-soshō-hō, 1996) Code of Civil Procedure (民事訴訟法 Minsa-sosong-beob, 1960) Code of Civil Procedure (民事訴訟法 Mínshìsùsòngfǎ, 1930)
4 Criminal Code (刑法 Keihō, 1907) Criminal Code (刑法 Hyeong-beob, 1953) Criminal Code (刑法 Xíngfǎ, 1935)
5 Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法 Keiji-soshō-hō, 1948) Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法 Hyeongsa-sosong-beob, 1954) Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法 Xíngshìsùsòngfǎ, 1928)
6 Commercial Code (商法 Shōhō, 1899) Commercial Code (商法 Sang-beob, 1962) Administrative laws (行政法規 Xíngzhèngfǎguī)
The word roppō is a slightly adapted form of the word used in Japanese to describe the Napoleonic Code (ナポレオン五法典 Napoleon go-hōten) when it was brought over during the early Meiji period . Although the Napoleonic Code consisted of five major codes, the Japanese added to this their own constitution to form six codes in all, and thus it came to be called the roppō or "six codes."