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Assessor

or Adsessor. Literally one who sits by the side of another. The consuls, praetors, governors of provinces, and the iudices were often imperfectly acquainted with the law and the forms of procedure, and it was necessary that they should have the aid of those who had made the law their study. These adviserswere known as assessores. The praefectus praetorio and praefectus urbi, and other civil and military functionaries, had their assessors. The empercr Alexander Severus gave the assessors a regular salary. See BethmannHollweg, Der römische Civil-Prozess, iii. 129.141.

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