Procedure relative to the appeal.
IF the Sentence rendered by the local Judge, carries a condemnation to corporal punishment, to the galleys, to banishment in perpetuity, or to honourable amends, whether appealed or not, the Accused & the minutes of his trial will be sent together, & safely to our Courts. We forbid Clerks from sending them separately, under threat of suspension, & of a five hundred livres fine.
FORTHWITH following the arrival of the Accused & the minutes of the trial at the gaol, the Gaol Clerk or Keeper, will be required to remit the minutes of the trial to the Clerk of our Courts, who will notify the President of it for its distribution.
IF our local Prosecutors, or those of the seigneurial Courts, are the appellants, the Accused, if they are prisoners, & the minutes of their trials will be forwarded to our Courts[...]
THE verdict will be delivered by our Courts to those who will have brought forward the prisoners, or carried the minutes of the trial.
THE Accused will be interrogated in our Courts on the criminal seat, or behind the Bar at the time of the judgment of the trial.
IF decisions rendered on the appeal of a Sen
tence, carry condemnation to afflictive punishment, the condemned will be sent back, under sound & sure escort, at the cost of those responsible, for their execution; unless otherwise ordained by our Courts for particular circumstances.
Source: Louis XIV, "Procedure relative to the appeal, in l'Ordonnance ... pour les matières criminelles " (: Chez les Associés, 1670).