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


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This chapter examines the role of the commission in the judicial system in England during the Tudor period. During this period, the judicial system was still heavily dependent on commissions particularly in relation to criminal proceedings. By the early 1500s, government law officers found ways to avoid the pitfalls of commission laws and the commissions' jurisdiction was passed to the King's Bench. Despite this, the commissions represented a continuing, indispensable routine. Some of the English commissions during this period include the assize, oyer and terminer, general gaol delivery, and standing commissions.

Keywords: commissions; English courts; criminal proceedings; standing commissions; gaol delivery; England; Tudor period; assize; oyer and terminer

Chapter.  13361 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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