Written: Written on November 20 (December 8), 1917
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 45b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Can one of the comrades write and tell me whether a resolution on courts of law was adopted yesterday in the Petrograd Soviet and what has been done practically?
 On November 22 (December 5), 1917, the Council of People’s Commissars adopted a decree on courts of law, which was published the following day in the newspaper Pravda. On November 24 (December 7), in connection with this decree, the question of courts of law was discussed at a meeting of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies. The Soviet passed a resolution approving the decree and indicated practical measures for its implementation. The district Soviets were instructed to immediately begin the election of local judges.