hreppadómr (ON) noun

A court convened to deal with matters of the commune (ON hreppr). A hreppadómr handled cases involving care of the poor. Prosecutions for failure to meet obligations toward the poor were held at the residence of the defendant. Case procedures are outlined in Grg Hrs 234. In Grg Feþ 167 it is stated that certain infractions concerning trade should also be prosecuted at the hreppadómr, but it is thought that this instance actually refers to a district court (ON heraðsdómr).

commune court OIce Grg Hrs 234
district court OIce Grg Feþ 167 Refs:

CV s.v. hreppr; Fr; GAO s.v. hreppr; GrgTr II:93; KLNM s.v. dómr; Lýður Björnsson 1972−79, I:48−49; Miller 1990, 19

  • ‘hreppadómr’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.