Chapter

Local 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258179.003.0016

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

Local Courts

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This chapter examines the role of the local courts in the judicial system in England during the Tudor period. The most striking thing about the records of local courts during this period is the remarkable extent to which diverse jurisdictions had come to operate in much the same way in different parts of the country in terms of conformity with the norms represented by the central courts. This could be ascribed partly to direct control, since local courts were subject to the discipline of the King's Bench through writs of error, but it was probably more a consequence of increasing professionalization.

Keywords: writs of error; English courts; local courts; professionalization; central courts; Tudor period

Chapter.  17717 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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