Peter I approved the law "On the Procedure of Civil Service in the Russian Empire" from January 24, 1722.Earlier, in 1719, he signed a document entitled "Table of Ranks", describing the ranks of seniority.At the heart of the "Table of Ranks" were similar acts of Western European countries, as well as the creation of the law is required to take into account the then existing ranks."Table of Ranks" was the reform document as a chance to give talented people the lower classes to increase their merits its own rank in society.
«Table of Ranks" - a summary table clearly conducting a pa
rallel between military and court posts with the division of the ranks.We determined 14 ranks.The State (Go civilian) adviser was given in the "Table" 5th place.Opposite him were specified military officers Brigadier, Captain-Commander, Major-prime, Stehr-krigskomissara and court ranks and ceremonies of the bedchamber.The highest group of officials (from 1st to 5th grade), which closes a state councilor, united all high range - it's the determined exchange rate policy of the Russian Empire.Councillor of State had special privileges and respectable salaries.
turn to highest nomenclature followed strictly by rank.For example, it should say "Your Excellency" persons who had the rank of class 1 and 2, "Your Excellency" - those with the ranks 3 and 4 class.For persons with the rank of 5th grade, namely the state councilor, were instructed to contact: "Your Honor."Have been accepted handling "Your Excellency" and "Your Honour" to individuals rose to the rank 6-8 and 9-14 grades, respectively.
noteworthy titles of mandatory extended to the spouses of officials and titled personages.Thus, the wife of titular counselor should call her honor, and the wife of Councillor of State - her Excellency.