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.
and nominis delatio
frequently in prosecutions of magistrates and provincial governors for misconduct in office.