confugere

See: recourse
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Moreover they had a recognised function as legal protectors of the ordinary citizen; ad statuas confugere was a traditional right of any person seeking the protection of Imperial law.
77-78: <<statim me circumvallat multitudo militaris et volentem me ad sanctum altare confugere non concessit, sed nitebatur de ecclesia trahere, tunc tumulto plurimo facto vix potui ad quendam locum ecclesiae confugere et ibi cum his qui mecum erant latere, non tamen sine custodia ne valeam universa mala quae erga me commissa sunt ad vos referre>>.