1. 1

    व्यवहारान् दिदृक्षुस्तु ब्राह्मणैः सह पार्थिवः । मन्त्रज्ञैर्मन्त्रिभिश्चैव विनीतः प्रविशेत् सभाम् ॥ १ ॥

    A king, desirous of investigating law cases, must enter his court of justice, preserving a dignified demeanour, together with Brahmanas and with experienced councillors.

  2. 2

    तत्रासीनः स्थितो वाऽपि पाणिमुद्यम्य दक्षिणम् । विनीतवेषाभरणः पश्येत् कार्याणि कार्यिणाम् ॥ २ ॥

    There, either seated or standing, raising his right arm, without ostentation in his dress and ornaments, let him examine the business of suitors,

  3. 3

    प्रत्यहं देशदृष्टैश्च शास्त्रदृष्टैश्च हेतुभिः । अष्टादशसु मार्गेषु निबद्धानि पृथक् पृथक् ॥ ३ ॥

    Daily (deciding) one after another (all cases) which fall under the eighteen titles (of the law) according to principles drawn from local usages. and from the Institutes of the sacred law.

  4. 4

    तेषामाद्यं ऋणादानं निक्षेपोऽस्वामिविक्रयः । सम्भूय च समुत्थानं दत्तस्यानपकर्म च ॥ ४ ॥

    Of those (titles) the first is the non-payment of debts, (then follow), (2) deposit and pledge, (3) sale without ownership, (4) concerns among partners, and (5) resumption of gifts,

  5. 5

    वेतनस्यैव चादानं संविदश्च व्यतिक्रमः । क्रयविक्रयानुशयो विवादः स्वामिपालयोः ॥ ५ ॥

    (6) Non-payment of wages, (7) non-performance of agreements, (8) rescission of sale and purchase, (9) disputes between the owner (of cattle) and his servants,