The Napoleanic Code
The Napoleonic Code is officially known as the French Civil Code. It was created by the French Consulate in 1804 and is still in use today despite being often revised. On March 21, 1804, it came into effect after being created by a panel of four distinguished jurists.
The Code was a significant step in replacing the jumble of feudal laws because it placed an emphasis on plain, understandable language in the law. According to historian Robert Holtman, it is one of the few texts that has had a global impact.
The three French Revolutionary values served as the foundation for the Napoleonic code.
- Laws ought to be founded on logic and common sense.
- People should be afforded some liberties.
- All people should be treated equally under the law.