Jun. 28, 1794

Rescript, issued by the Danish Chancellery to the Magistrate at Copenhagen [Present-day Denmark]: “Since it is known to the Chancellery that in debt cases, the Supreme Court has assumed that a Jew, although he is legally incompetent under Danish law, should [nevertheless] be regarded as competent, because according to Jewish law he has reached the age of majority, so must the same rule be followed with respect to guardianship, until such time as it is expressly regulated otherwise.” [Researcher’s note: Similar to the above example of debt-related lawsuits, the Danish crown, by deferring to Jewish law in a very limited scope, ensured that the interests of the non-Jewish community were protected, this time by relieving the government of Jewish wards of the state at a younger age (13 years for boys, 12 years for girls) than their non-Jewish counterparts.]
Cohen, Asser Daniel. De Mosaiske troesbekjenderes stilling i Danmark forhen og nu: historisk fremstillet i et tidsløb af naesten 200 aar, tilligemed alle lovsteder og offentlige foranstaltninger dem angaande, som ere udkomne fra 1651 til 1836. (The position of the Mosaic believers in Denmark, before and now: historically produced over a period of nearly 200 years, as well as all laws and public measures relating to the same which were published from 1651 to 1836). Forfatterens: Odense (Denmark), 1837. Page 79. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 5/31/2020