Procedure relative to the arrest of criminals.
Special Procedures for
Provosts of the Marshals of
France, Vice-bailiffs, Vice-
seneschals, & lower court
Upon capture, the Accused will be taken to the prison of the place, if there
is one; if not to the closest one, within twenty-four hours at the latest.
It is forbidden for the Provosts to hold the accused in their homes or elsewhere,
under penalty of loss of their Office.
THE accused will be interrogated by the Provost in the presence of the Assessor, within twenty-four hours of capture, under penalty of two hundred livres to Us. They may nevertheless be interrogated without an Assessor at the moment of capture.
Complaints, Denunciations, &
COMPLAINTS may be formulated by ordinance, & will only carry the date
of the day that the Judge, or in his absence the most senior Practitioner
in the place responds to them.
Decrees, of their execution,
AFTER an accused caught in the act, or in public uproar, has been imprisoned,
the judge will order that he be arrested and registered in the goaler's book,
and a copy of the registration will be served to him in person.
THE Accused who has been arrested, will be led immediately to the prisons, without being detained in any private home; unless in the course of travel & in case of risk of abduction, which will be noted in the report of the arrest & travel to the prisons; under penalty of reprimand against the Provosts, Bailiffs or Sergeants, of a fine of one thousand livres to Us, & of damages & interest to concerned parties. [...]