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The clerk.


CRIMINAL CLERK, OF CRIMINAL, or AT CRIMINAL, is the one who oversees transcription in matters of criminal affairs. Such clerks were introduced into the courts only as legal affairs began to multiply, & as it was noted that one sole clerks did not suffice to handle the proceedings at both the civil and criminal courts.

The chief clerks for criminal causes at the Parlement is an officer who has the charge of all matters related to the criminal registry, of which he has exemplified copies made by his clerks.

Source: Diderot, Denis et Jean le Rond d'Alembert, "The clerk, in l'Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers " (Paris: Briasson et autres, n.d.), tome VII, page 927..

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