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Must a small court be exactly 3 people, or could it be larger, like 4 or 5?

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אף על פי שבית דין של שלושה, בית דין שלם הוא, כל זמן שהן רבים, הרי זה משובח
Although a court of three is considered as a complete entity, whenever there are more judges, it is praiseworthy.

Rambam Sanhedrin 2:13 (English)

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  • What about בית דין שקול? (Gemara in a few places and Rambam)
    – MTL
    Sep 24, 2014 at 15:08
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    Presumably it refers to any odd number.
    – Yitzchak
    Sep 24, 2014 at 16:49

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