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[768c] specially for the benefit of those who have failed to obtain a settlement of their case either before the neighbors or in the tribal courts.1 Thus as concerns the law-courts—which, as we say, cannot easily be called either “offices” or “non-offices” without ambiguity—this outline sketch serves to describe them in part, though there is a good deal it omits; for detailed legislation and definition concerning suits would most properly be placed at the conclusion of the legislative code.2 So let these matters

1 The whole of this account (Plat. Laws 766e-768c) of courts and judges is confused and confusing. It would seem that 2 classes of suits are indicated, public and private, and 3 kinds of courts, viz. (1) local courts (composed of neighbors) , (2) tribal courts, (3) courts of appeal.

2 Cp. Plat. Laws 853a ff., Plat. Laws 956b.

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