Each seigneury held, but did not necessarily exercise, the right to administer justice. In cases where it was exercised, the seigneur named officials: a judge (called a seneschal, provost, bailiff or seigneurial judge, according to circumstance), a financial administrator and a clerk who often also served as a notary and bailiff. They were paid by the seigneur.

The Financial Administrator
Commission as financial administrator and notary of the seigneury of Argentenay, granted to Paul Vachon by Marie-Barbe de Boullongne, November 3, 1667
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