Criminal Ordinance of 1670

The Criminal Ordinance of 1670 (French: Ordonnance criminelle de 1670, a.k.a. Ordonnance criminelle de Colbert) was a Great Ordinance dealing with criminal procedure which was enacted in France under the reign of King Louis XIV. Made in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the Ordinance was registered by the Parliament of Paris on 26 August 1670 and came into effect on 1 January 1671. It was one of the first legal texts attempting to codify criminal law in France. It remained in force until the French Revolution. It was abrogated through a decree adopted by the National Constituent Assembly on 9 October 1789.[1]

François Serpillon, Code criminel, ou commentaire sur l'ordonnace de 1670, 1767


  1. ^ "La Naissance du droit de la défense en 1789" (in French). Le Cercle du Barreau. 2008-03-13. Archived from the original on 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-07.

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