Ecclesiastical 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

Ecclesiastical Courts

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This chapter examines the role of the ecclesiastical courts in the judicial system in England during the Tudor period. Each diocese had a consistory court presided over by the bishop's official principal and each archdeaconry had a court usually presided by the bishop's legally trained commissary. These courts dealt with civil suits concerning the law of marriage and succession to personal property, and criminal suits such as accusations of sexual impropriety, breaking Sabbaths and fasts, and striking a cleric.

Keywords: ecclesiastical courts; English courts; bishop; judicial system; consistory court; criminal suits; Tudor period

Chapter.  12271 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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