"You have been brought here before the Council of Magical Law so that we may pass judgement on you, for a crime so heinous... that we have rarely heard the like of it within this court."
—The beginning of his son and the Lestranges trail[src]

The Council of Magical Law is a Ministry of Magic board comprised of a judge, a panel of members and jury, with competence to pass a verdict on criminal cases as well as reviewing information given to them by convicted criminals.


The Council is hierarchically inferior to the Wizengamot, which is the Wizard High Court. They also employ a number of guards in their service.

This Council towards the end of the First Wizarding War and perhaps sooner was led by Bartemius Crouch Snr, Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, was responsible for the deliberation on the Death Eater trials in the early 1980s, shorty after the end of the First Wizarding War.


Trials are brief, with members being presented the evidence against the accused beforehand. The accused is only brought in to give his testimony before the panel of judges pronounces judgement. Notably, on the trial of Bartemius Crouch Jr and Rabastan, Rodolphus and Bellatrix Lestrange, the accused were not allowed to provide testimony before being given a life sentence in Azkaban; however, Sirius Black noted that this particular trial was no more than a sham for the elder Crouch to publicly disown his son. People external to the Council were, apparently, allowed to attend some of the trials, such as Rita Skeeter (on Ludo Bagman's trial) and Mrs Crouch (on her son's trial).

Known accused

Bartemius trial

Bartemius Crouch Snr presides over the Council of Magical Law during the Death Eater trials in the early 1980s

Known members


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