The administration of civil justice in Venice in the modern age is a field of research so far only superficially explored. The article aims to investigate this topic from a double point of view: on one side it defines the jurisdictional duties assigned to the main Venetian magistrates, highlighting the connections and the interactions existing between the different levels of jurisdiction; on the other side it proposes a case study in order to test the actual effectiveness of the trial in everyday reality. In this perspective the hereditary dispute between a noble widow and the nephew of her late husband contributes to outline the features of a judicial system that in the second half of the Eighteenth century was still fit to intercept the demands for justice coming from society.


Keywords: civil justice; Republic of Venice; modern age; judicial system; case study; hereditary dispute; obligation of widowhood.