District Court of Sternenberg

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Coat of arms of the district court of Sternenberg

The district court of Sternenberg was an administrative unit of the city ​​and republic of Bern until 1798 .

After the Sempach War in 1388, Bern annexed the areas to the left of the Aare from the Jura to the Stockhorn chain and usurped the landgrave rights there of the former Landgraviate of Aarburgund ( around Ararim ) and divided them up between the Seftigen and Sternenberg regional courts . Based on the team and tax liability and the criminal court, Bern gradually enforced its sovereignty in the rulers of the area. The smallest of the four regional courts was subject to the Venner to forge . The conference venues (Dingstätten, court tree) of the regional court were “under the big oak” in Gasel (municipality of Köniz ) and “under the firs” in Neuenegg . The Venner was responsible for the military administration until 1798 with a local Freiweibel as the executive officer. In the three southeastern districts, criminal justice was the task of the Bernese gross woman and in the fourth northwestern district of Landvogt von Laupen. The lower courts belonged to different gentlemen. The district court of Sternenberg was dissolved after the French invasion in 1798 and divided between the higher offices (later the district) of Bern and Laupen .


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