RECUPERATORES, Roman civil law. A species of judges originally established, it is supposed, to decide controversies between Roman citizens and strangers, concerning the right to the possession of property requiring speedy remedy; but gradually extended to questions which might be brought before ordinary judges. After this enlargement of their powers, the difference between them and judges, it is supposed, was simply this: If the praetor named three judges he called them recuperatores; if one, he called him judex. But opinions on this subject are very various. (Colman De Romano judicio recuperatorio,) Cicero's oration pro Coecin, 1, 3, was addressed to Recuperators.

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The nature of this material suggests that both relationships were the subject of slanderous treatment, as indeed Suetonius' heavy emphasis on the social status of each indicates: (24) Flavia Domitilla, daughter of Flavius Liberalis, was the delicata of a provincial eques Statilius Capella, had once enjoyed Latin status but was then declared to be freeborn and a Roman citizen by the recuperatores, an essential precondition for Vespasian to have contracted a legal marriage with her.
It might be involved in setting up judicial processes, as it did in 171 B.C., when appealed to by representatives of the two Spanish provinciae, providing for boards of five recuperatores to hear the claims for restoration of extorted monies and appointing patrons for the provincials.(18) Under Augustus, an essentially similar process is provided by the SC Calvisianum, given in the fifth of the so-called Cyrene Edicts, dated to 4 B.C.(19) The senate could also be involved, either directly or by instructing a magistrate to act, in the settlement of disputes between cities in the Greek world, and several instances from the second century B.C.
In a series of articles spanning nearly two decades he has examined extortion laws in general (ZRG 98 [1981] 162-212), procedures used under first-century laws of that type (ZPE 20 [1976] 207-14), the use of recuperatores (RHD 68 [1990] 1-11), and criminal courts, such as the quaestiones de sicariis et veneficis (Hermes 106 [1978] 125-38).
brought before the recuperatores (29) by her father Flavius Liberalis,
interesting to note that the recuperatores to whom Liberalis brought the
ingenua (a freeborn woman) and a Roman citizen by the recuperatores does
(29) With regard to the duties of the recuperatores, whose