working documents of the Conseil d'Etat
|The original collection|
Specifications of the original collection
Detailed description: genesis of the
printed working documents of the Conseil d'Etat
The 5 sections of the Conseil d'État discussed 79,187 matters between 1800 and 1814, 58,435 of which were passed in its general assemblies, which adds up to an average of 5700 matters a year (2). The agendas and minutes of these sittings were destroyed by fire in 1871.
Submission of a matter to the Conseil d'État involved sending the general secretariat a dossier prepared by the minister concerned, setting out the problem he had encountered or the draft legislation he wished to the Conseil d'État to consider. The dossier was passed on to the appropriate section by the secretariat.
It is this dossier that forms the basis of the
"printed working documents" of the Conseil d'État. A rapporteur was
designated by the section to prepare the file on the dossier provided
by the Government. His examination of it led to the drawing up of further
documents to complement the initial ones.(3).
The printed documents took the physical form of
bundles of texts. Each one consisted of various parts: the minister's
report, the section report, the joint report of several ministers or
combined sections, a draft order then decree of the minister or section,
a draft opinion or opinion given as a reference, a draft bill, draft
regulation, draft public service regulation, a previous regulation cited
as an established precedent, articles of associations or religious congregations,
statements backed up by figures in the form of tables (notably the public
service budget), draft sénatus-consulte (senatus consultum), preliminary
drafts of codes…
Background to their conservation
The digitised collection made available on this site consists of the full text of the 3661 printed documents from the Gérando Collection of the Conseil d'État.
The various collections: synoptic table
For more information on each collection, click on the name of the institution
|For more information on the remit of the Napoleonic Conseil d'Etat, see the heading missions [retour]|
|2)||Compte général des travaux du Conseil dÉtat et de ses comités, Paris, 1835, p. 3. [retour]|
|Section reports, supporting documents (prices, regulations, earlier regulatory texts or special statutes...), observations, draft opinions, draft consular orders then imperial decrees, drawn up by the rapporteur to replace those of the minister. [retour]|