chapter  XLIX
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On dealing with complainants, giving answers and dispensing justice

I There is always a large crowd of complainants frequenting the court, and even when they receive the answers to their petitions they do not go away. Any stranger or envoy, arriving at the capital and seeing this clamour and tumult, will think that at this court

gross injustice is done to the people. These doors must be closed to such crowds, and all requests, whether from town or country, provided the population are sedentary, 1 should be collected and written down at their place [of origin]; five persons should then come to the court, state their case, explain the circumstances, hear the answer and receive the judgment. Having received the judgment they must go back at once so that there is no more of this unnecessary tumult and groundless clamour.