law

local judge

Having been created in the reign of King Manuel I, the local judge, also known as judge of vintena, had the duty to know all the causes of damage to crops, vineyards, orchards, pastures and groves located within the parish boundaries, caused by people or cattle belonging to residents of the parish, in order to …

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ordinary judge

Elected annually by a committee formed by his neighbours, the ordinary judge, an honorary officer, had the function of keeping the district residents safe and maintaining public order, and to know about civil and criminal deeds committed within the parish borders and to defend and respect municipal and national laws, allowing the independence of the …

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