The codification period started in the 2nd half of the 18th century and lasted until around 1919.
What is codification?
The introduction of systematically organized codes of law that fully regulated a specific field of law through abstract legal rules & clear judicial organization. NOW those that were subject to the law could consult the pertinent code to find the legal rules applicable to any problem they are facing BUT this can lead to people go against the legislator's intentions.
The characteristics of codification are:
2. It is enacted by a state / on the basis of a state authority;
5. Exclusive: all old sources of law loose their validity.
What are the aims of codification?
2. Legal authority;
3. Facilitate legal education;
4. Control the judge;
5. Facilitate trade;
6. Modernisation of the law.
What are the disadvantages of codification?
IT hinders legal development (Von Savigny > codification means the end of legal development)
Why is the Corpus Iuris Civilis not a codification?
It was not systemized and when Justinian passed away there was no state authority behind the Corpus.