"Acta (commentarii) of Pilate, the Gospels & Maximinus Daia in Academia Posted July 15, 2012 · Report reply Thanks for the Welcome! Pliny book X letters 95/6 (the letter numbers vary by edition) tells us a lot about how someone might submit an anonymous libellus alleging wrongdoing and how the Prefect might go about interrogating suspects (he submitted servent girls acting as deaconesses to torture the ensure they spoke the truth). What I hope for is a papyrus fragment/letter from Oxyrhynchus or the Fayoum that records the steps of the proceedings, and any "official" language. We have Acts of Martyrs from the 3rd & 4th centuries that are clearly based on genuine acta, but not from the 1st or 2nd century (at least I don't think). But I am especially interested in the source documents that specify that an official must keep a daybook of his official acts. Thanks! Dave Hello, First of all, welcome to the board! I hope that you will enjoy it. In regards to your questions; I cannot help much (as my books are at my office) but I would suggest that you take a look at the letters of Pliny the younger. I reckon that he is describing his work at the courts quite often. These trials will, of course, be of Roman citizens but you might very well find references to other proceedings as a point of comparison, as well as in absentia arguments. His letters are also well worth reading just for the enjoyment of his world descriptions and thoughts.