The Reign of Christ. Book Two. Chapter Fifty Eight: The Twelfth Law: the Establishment and Correction of Tribunals and Judges

This must also be required of judges, that they judge sincerely according to the laws, i.e., according to the meaning germane to the laws, and not permit themselves to relax any part of the laws in any case. For if some case demands an amendment of the laws or if in another case a dispensation is required, this is to be sought from superiors and the magistrates appointed for this very purpose, and even from Your Majesty himself. For as there is need of as many judges as possible, so it is the duty of only a few to write good laws and also to amend them or to decide what their exceptions ought to be.

By Martin Bucer

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