Chapter

The Court of Chancery

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/9780198258179.003.0009

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

The Court of Chancery

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This chapter examines the role of the Court of Chancery in the judicial system in England during the Tudor period. The Chancery was a superior royal court with ever increasing business and the power even to inhibit proceedings in the Commons and King's benches. It was the original bureaucratic department of state and was one of the principal branches of the central bureaucracy in early modern times. The Chancery was also closely connected with the business of the common law through its responsibility for issuing original writs.

Keywords: Court of Chancery; English court; judicial system; royal court; judicial history; writs; bureaucracy

Chapter.  11886 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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