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The Roman Rota, formally the Tribunal Apostolicum Rotae Romanae , and anciently the Apostolic Court of Audience, is the highest appellate tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church, with respect to both Latin-rite members and the eastern-rite members and is, with respect to judicial trials conducted in the Catholic Church, the highest ecclesiastical court constituted by the Holy See. An appeal may be had to the Pope himself, who is the supreme ecclesiastical judge. The Catholic Church has a complete legal system, which is the oldest still in use today. The court is named Rota because the judges, called auditors, originally met in a round room to hear cases. The Rota was established in the 13th century.

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The Roman Rota, formally the Tribunal Apostolicum Rotae Romanae (Latin, "Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota"), and anciently the Apostolic Court of Audience, is the highest appellate tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church, with respect to both Latin-rite members and the eastern-rite members and is, with respect to judicial trials conducted in the Catholic Church, the highest ecclesiastical court constituted by the Holy See. An appeal may be had to the Pope himself, who is the supreme ecclesiastical judge. The Catholic Church has a complete legal system, which is the oldest still in use today. The court is named Rota (wheel) because the judges, called auditors, originally met in a round room to hear cases. The Rota was established in the 13th century.