The Council and Conciliar Courts

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:

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

The Council and Conciliar Courts

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This chapter examines the role of the King's Council and conciliar courts in the judicial system in England during the Tudor period. The Council appeared to have shared a common origin with the Chancery and it followed a legal procedure closely to that of the Chancery. It intervened to redress imbalances between litigants resulting from power, undue influence, or criminal misconduct, and in doing so could incidentally punish all forms of misbehaviour falling short of felony. However, it was not supposed to interfere in matters belonging solely to the common law.

Keywords: King's Council; conciliar courts; English court; judicial system; judicial history; Chancery; Tudor period

Chapter.  10260 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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