The court system in the Netherlands comprises diverse regions of law and a wide variety of bodies. The civil law tradition developed in continental Europe at the very same time and was applied in the colonies of European imperial powers such as Spain and Portugal. Perhaps the biggest difference among Roman and contemporary legal systems is the use of prisons Roman prisons had been not made use of to punish criminals. On the other hand, subject as it was to numerous incursions and occupations by Western European powers in the late medieval period, its laws became broadly available in the West. This is a single aspect of the Roman courts that unfortunately remains in location nevertheless nowadays.
A ten-man commission with extraordinary powers, decemviri legibus scribundis, set forth the basis of law for all Roman citizens. About 400 years later the Emperor Justinian engaged jurists to generate a comprehensive compilation of Roman laws. Similarly, English law developed from Norman and Anglo-Saxon customary law, additional refined by case law and legislation. Japanese Civil Code was deemed as a mixture of roughly 60 percent of the German civil code and roughly 30 percent of the French civil code and eight percent of Japanese customary law and two % of the English law.