from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In ancient Athens, of or pertaining to the heliasts or their functions.
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Most legal cases, however, came before one of the five popular (or heliastic) courts, which drew on a pool of about six thousand citizens who were selected by lot, assigned to a single court for one year, and paid to judge in panels that numbered (according to the sums involved or the seriousness of the alleged offense) two hundred, four hundred, five hundred, one thousand, or even six thousand.
Since there were in ancient Athens 6,000 dicasts, who could be chosen by lot to sit as judges, the heliastic courts (which used the dicasts) in fact were a popular institution representing the sovereign people, who possessed the prerogative of the sovereign, and could therefore dis - pense justice without regard to technicalities.
Such a challenge, if declined, was converted into a lawsuit, or came before a heliastic court for trial.”
Such a challenge, if declined, was converted into a lawsuit, or came before a heliastic court for trial. "