The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Village Organization Among the Central Nzemi Nagas', M.A. thesis by Ursula Betts

caption: chapter four - the village administration
caption: the village court
caption: the calling of the court
medium: theses
ethnicgroup: Nzemi
person: Betts/ U.V.
date: 1950
refnum: M.A. thesis, University College, London
note: footnotes indicated by boxes within square brackets
text: To call a court, one or both parties, or their kinsmen (92) acting for them, inform the kadepeo and the tingkhupeo that they desire to have the case heard. The kadepeo and the tingkhupeo then decide which of the village elders they shall ask to attend. The tingkhupeo himself always attends a court unless prevented by illness, as he is the council's adviser on custom. Men connected with the parties to the dispute are not infrequently asked to sit in the court which tries it and are expected to reach as fair a decision as possible. No special number of elders is needed to form a court and its strength and composition are as circumstances dictate.