court of assize and nisi prius

noun
the county courts of England (replaced in 1971 by Crown courts)
Syn: ↑assizes, ↑court of assize
Hypernyms: ↑court, ↑tribunal, ↑judicature

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  • Courts of Assize and Nisi Prius — /korts av asayz send naysay prayas/ Courts in England composed of two or more commissioners, called judges of assize (or of assize and nisi prius ), who were twice in every year sent by the king s special commission, on circuits all round the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • court of assize — A court of nisi prius was also called a court of assize and nisi prius. See assize; nisi prius …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • court of assize — noun the county courts of England (replaced in 1971 by Crown courts) • Syn: ↑assizes, ↑court of assize and nisi prius • Hypernyms: ↑court, ↑tribunal, ↑judicature …   Useful english dictionary

  • Court of Nisi Prius — /kort av naysay prayas/ Though this term is frequently used as a general designation of any court exercising general, original jurisdiction in civil cases (being used interchangeably with trialcourt ), it belonged as a legal title only to a court …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Oyer and Terminer — /kort av oyar and tarmanar/ In England, formerly, a court for the trial of cases of treason and felony. The commissioners of assise and nisi prius were judges selected by the king and appointed and authorized under the great seal, including… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Nisi prius — is a historical term in English law. In the nineteenth century, it came to be used to denote generally all legal actions tried before judges of the King s Bench Division[1] and in the early twentieth century for actions tried at assize by a judge …   Wikipedia

  • nisi prius — nisi pri·us / prī əs, prē u̇s/ n [Medieval Latin, unless before, the words introducing a clause in an English writ commanding a sheriff to provide a jury at the Court of Westminster on a certain day unless the judges of assize previously come to… …   Law dictionary

  • nisi prius — ˈprīəs noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, unless before (words introducing a clause in the writ) 1. a. : a cause involving issues of fact that being begun in the courts of Westminster was appointed to be tried there… …   Useful english dictionary

  • court — / kōrt/ n [Old French, enclosed space, royal entourage, court of justice, from Latin cohort cohors farmyard, armed force, retinue] 1 a: an official assembly for the administration of justice: a unit of the judicial branch of government the… …   Law dictionary

  • assize — assize, or assise (obsolete) /asayz/ An ancient species of court, consisting of a certain number of men, usually twelve, who were summoned together to try a disputed cause, performing the functions of a jury, except that they gave a verdict from… …   Black's law dictionary

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