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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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His Majesty’s decision is always expressly
cited by the Senate when it has been given,
whether it refers to the promulgation of a
legislative act or merely to an administrative
measure. But for the decisions of the Senate
in its judicial capacity, as well as for its
decisions given in virtue of the power which
the Sovereign lias delegated to it, the formula
"in the name of His Majesty’’ is always used.
Hence we see that the Senate has three
functions : that of a Council of the Sovereign,
submitting views and projects for legislative
reform ; that of the authority exercising the
powers of government ; and that of a supreme
tribunal of justice. But does not this
organisation depart from the generally-recognised
principle of separating judicial and administrative
functions ? Taking into consideration that the
very essence of this principle is, that the
administrative body should not be allowed to interfere
with the functions of the judicial body, and that
the Department of Justice of the Finnish Senate
exercises its functions of a supreme tribunal
quite independently of and separately from the

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