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Report No. t197

Jacobus Novellus

fl. 1547–1586


Alternative Names

Jacopo Novello



Little is known of J’s biography other than what he tells us about himself in his works. The Tractatus ad defensionem (TUI 1584, t. 11.1) (1st ed., Venezia 1552) says that he was a judge of criminal cases in Treviso in the time of the podestà Giovanni Reniero (1547). He wrote notes to the statutes of Venezia that were published in 1564. His Practica et theorica causarum criminalium was first published in Venezia in 1549, revised in 1552, and published again under the title Tractatus criminalis in 1586, when the author seems still to have been alive. Garlati describes this latter work as drawing on N’s experience as a judge in Treviso but with a good command of the ius commune on criminal law and procedure, and ‘spunti di vera originalità’.

Source: L. Garlati, in DGI.

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