El Tribunal de les Aigües (The Water Court)
It's Thursday. In this picture you can see the bailiff that leads the syndics to the door of the Apostles of the Cathedral of Valencia where the trial takes place.
The Water Court is the oldest democratic institution in Europe that has survived to our days, spanning a whole millenium. Most likely it was originally introduced by the Moorish farmers to regulate the irrigation infrastructure in the fields, it is a group of elected judges from the country who resolve all irrigation disputes once a week (on Thursday), in a swift and down-to-earth manner following common sense. All members are equal to each other, sitting in a circle. This court is purely oral and there is nothing done in writing and no records are kept. If there are no disputes to take care of, the court will simply retire and you would have made your appearance just to see them sit down and then stand up again. Which happens quite often. But if the trial takes place, make sure you are there on time. Five or ten minutes late it may be too late because there are a lot of people watching!

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