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The Administration Of Justice
At The Fortress Of Louisbourg (1713-1758)

Fortress of Louisbourg / Forteresse-de-Louisbourg



General Introduction: How the Justice System Functioned

The Courts at Work

The Four Courts in Louisbourg (1744)


  • The lower court (established 1734) which first heard all civil and criminal cases (thefts, slander, property disputes, murders, etc.) 


  • The higher court which heard all appeals, for a final judgment. Until 1734, with the establishment of the Bailliage, it also served as a lower court for civil and criminal cases.


  • It dealt exclusively with maritime matters (fishing and trading regulations, passports, sale and purchase of vessels, etc.). Appeals were heard by the Conseil Supérieur
  • It dealt exclusively with military justice.