Legal Interpretation in France Under the Reign of Louis XVI: A Review of the Gazette des tribunaux
This chapter examines judicial interpretation of the law during the final years of France’s Ancien Regime: in particular, the 15 years of Louis XVI’s reign that preceded the French Revolution. I shall explore this interpretation through the lens of a periodical law report from the period, called the Gazette des tribunaux. To this end, first it will be necessary to present this publication’s political and legal context. Second, I shall analyse the evolution of methods of publishing judgments, before proposing hypotheses about the evolution of legal interpretation itself.