military jurisdiction

Execution of mercenaries
Independent military jurisdiction was formed in the German mercenary army in Europe at the beginning of the 16th century. Hungarian border fortress soldiers had the same rights by the end of the century. This became one of the most important privileges of the "warrior order". As there were noble and non-noble people serving in the army, at military courts the same judge passed sentences over privileged or non-privileged people. This meant that besides noblemen the new social group also received the privilege of independent jurisdiction. In different military crimes taking place in pass sentence. If a soldier was not satisfied with the sentence, he had the chance to appeal to the military chair of border fortress captains. If this court passed a death sentence upon a soldier, that soldier could hope only for the mercy of his ruler.