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Part 6 Government and Law

Finally, every governor had a detachment of regular soldiers, seconded from their normal military duties, attached to his personal service. They acted as his military bodyguard and performed certain executive functions such as executing condemned criminals and helping to hunt down fugitives. Together these four groups formed a mini-court to the governor and many of them would accompany him on his tour of his province. From their ranks, especially the amici, he would choose advisers who assisted him in his formal hearings of judicial and administrative disputes (p. 43 I below).