The Codex Pimpeleius is the legal code Emperor Pimpel promulgated soon after he founded the Gramatian Empire and his code has been the corner stone of Gramatian law since then. Pimpel’s code is essentially the codification of preexisting Azeyan legal customs. The code exist of the following twelve parts or books:
I On the Empire and its magistrates – replaced by the 1556 Constitution
II On Criminal Matters – still in force, though amended
III On family law – still in force, though amended
IV On libraries and schools – replaced by the Library Act of 1902 and the Schools Act of 1779
V On Inns – still in force
VI On Guilds – still in force, though amended
VII On priests and shrines – replaced by the Clergy Act of 1956
VIII On trading of goods – still in force
IX On banking and loans – still in force
X On various topics
XI On equity – still in force
XII On courts – replaced by the Courts Act of 1234
As one can see, the code covers administrative, civil and criminal law, which are not clearly separated in Gramatian law.
The code established democracy and the rule of law as the foundation of the administration of the Empire.
Though the code is the very foundation of Gramatian law, case law is an important part of the country’s legal system. In fact without the study of relevant case law, one cannot properly understand the law even if one has read the relevant provisions of the code. However, there is no principle of stare decisis in Gramatian law, instead precedents are considered to be persuasive rather than binding. In practice courts are quite reluctant to overrule long standing precedents.