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The Court of Exchequer

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258179.003.0008

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

The Court of Exchequer

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This chapter examines the role of the Court of Exchequer in the judicial system in England during the Tudor period. This court had a relatively small jurisdiction concerned chiefly with royal revenue. Nevertheless, it had a judicial and clerical staff comparable in size to that of the King's Bench because it performed various non-judicial functions in relation to the revenue. This dual function may be explained by the fact that both the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Lord Treasurer had judicial authority while at the same time being ministers of the Crown and administrators. This chapter explains the organization, responsibilities, and functions of this court.

Keywords: Court of Exchequer; English Courts; revenue; judicial system; judicial history; Lord Treasurer; Tudor period

Chapter.  7131 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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