Printed working documents of the Conseil d'Etat
[1800-1814]
 

 Section de Législation (legislation) of the Conseil d'Etat from 1800 to 1814
 

 Spheres of competence of the section de Législation of the Conseil d'Etat from 1800 to 1814

Between 1800 and 1815, the scope of a section was defined in relation to the matters and legislative texts put to it by the ministries. The inventory of printed documents of the Conseil d'Etat gives an idea of the principal questions which were submitted to it, in the absence of the agendas and the minutes of its meetings which were destroyed in 1871.

The section de Législation seems above all to have been made responsible for drawing up and applying the great Napoleonic Codes. Its role as legislator appears to have been a major one. It took care of the setting up of the courts of the Consulate and the Empire and the recruitment of magistrates. To it are owed the reorganisation of civil and criminal law and the different levels of jurisdiction under the Consulate and Empire.

The following are matters dealt with by the section de Législation between 1800 and 1814, according to the inventory of printed documents of the Conseil d'Etat.

1. Drawing up and application of the Codes, statute books
Code of civil law
Code of civil procedure
Code of mercantile law
Criminal code
Napoleonic code
Publication, effects and application of laws
Application of laws in annexed territories
Organisation of public records
Organisation of the notarial profession
Regulation of auctioneers
Legislation on alcohol

2. Civil and criminal law
Administration of the law
Criminal procedure
Application of penalties imposed by the courts
Problems raised by public servants charged with a criminal offence or public servants called as witnesses in a trial
Recidivism and forgery
Fine on appeal Jurisdiction of the Tribunal Criminel de la Seine
Jurisdiction of the University
Expropriation in the public interest
Ambassadorial privileges
Distraint Letters confirming an appointment

3. Administrative law
Organisation of the Judicial Section (contentieux) of the Conseil d'Etat
Distribution of the auditeurs (junior officials) of the Conseil d'Etat in the courts or authorities
Legal proceedings in forestry administration
Legal procedures open to prefects against elected councillors who do not submit their accounts

4. Organisation of the courts
Organisation of the courts of first instance and courts of appeal
Organisation of the Imperial High Court
Election of justices of the peace
Deputation of members of the Government to the Court of Cassation
Lists of jurors based on the lists of persons of distinction
Salary of public servants in the judiciary
Retirement pensions of magistrates and public servants in the judiciary
Exercise of the profession of lawyer and discipline of the Bar
Clerk of the court's dues

5. Combating embezzlement
Regulations for tontines and problem posed by the Lafarge fund
Counterfeiting of money
Judgement of contraband (expedition of proceedings)
Rights of the Treasury over the assets of accountants
Privileges of the Treasury

6. . Problems related to the legacy of the Revolution
Harbouring deported priests
Religious affairs
Emigration
French nationals in the service of foreign powers and foreigners wishing to come and live in France
Deductions from the purchasers of national property
Problems caused by the Carignan appanage
Titles and entailed property
Abolition of the feudal system

7. Maritime affairs and others
Organisation of the maritime courts
Organisation of the Prize Court
Judgement of property captured at sea
Return of foreign ships captured by privateers
Granting of the sandbanks of Mont Saint Michel
Price of passports
Ownership and running of the Théâtre de la Gaîté Imprimerie Nationale (national printing office) Organisation of markets
Marking of fabrics
Mining exploitation and concessions
Exchanges with Crown Lands

 

 Composition of the section de législation of Conseil d'Etat from 1800 to 1813 (1)


Year
Number
members
President Conseillers
d'Etat
Maîtres
des requêtes
Auditeurs

1800
1801

6
Boulay de la Meurthe Berlier
Emmery
Portalis père
Réal
Thibaudeau
   
1801
1802
6
Boulay de la Meurthe Berlier
Emmery
Portalis père
Réal
Thibaudeau
   
1802
1803
7
Bigot Préameneu Berlier
Emmery
Portalis père
Réal
Thibaudeau
Treilhard
   
1803
1804
11
Bigot Préameneu Berlier
Galli
Portalis
Réal
Treilhard
  Chabrol de Crouzol
Dudon
Nougarède
Régnier fils
1805
11
Bigot Préameneu Berlier
Galli
Réal
Siméon
Teilhard
  Abrial fils
Chabrol de Crouzol
Dudon
Régnier fils
1806
9
Bigot Préameneu Berlier
Galli
Réal
Siméon
Treilhard
  Dupont Delporte
Régnier fils
Treilhard
1807
9
Bigot Préameneu Berlier
Galli
Réal
Siméon
Treilhard
  Dupont Delporte
Régnier fils
Treilhard fils
1808
11
Treilhard Albisson
Berlier
Faure
Réal
  Abrial fils
Delamalle
Dudon
Dupont Delporte
Régnier fils
Treilhard fils
1809
12
Treilhard Albisson
Berlier
Faure
Réal
  Abrial fils
Camus Dumartroy
Delamalle
Dudon
Lamoussaye
Mahé Villeneuve
1810
8
Treilhard Berlier
Faure
Galli
Réal
Guieu Dudon
Mahé Villeneuve
1811
13
Boulay de la Meurthe Berlier
Réal
Bartolucci
Guieu Andryane
Anisson-Duperron
de Laire
de Maleville
La Haye de Cormenin
Le Chapelier
Leblanc de Castillon
Régnier fils
1812
14
Boulay de la Meurthe Berlier
Réal
Faure
Bartolucci
Delamalle
  Andryane
Anisson-Duperron
de Laire
de Maleville
de Nicolaï
La Haye de Cormenin
Leblanc de Castillon
Régnier fils
1813
14
Boulay de la Meurthe Berlier
Réal
Faure
Bartolucci
Delamalle
Henrion du Pansey
Favard de Langlade Andryane
Anisson -Duperron
de la Haye de Cormenin
de Laire
de Maleville
Régnier fils
 
1)
D’après l'Almanach national puis l'Almanach impérial, recherche effectuée par Marie-Catherine Vignal. [back]