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Delatio Nomĭnis

In Roman criminal procedure the first step was to apply to the praetor to allow the accusation to be made (postulare), the next formally to arraign the defendant (nomen deferre). The judge might himself take the initiative and declare his readiness to receive a nominis delatio; this, however, is mentioned among the oppressive proceedings of Verres (in Verr. ii. 38.94; iv. 19.40).

The postulatio and nominis delatio occur most frequently in prosecutions of magistrates and provincial governors for misconduct in office. See Repetundae.

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