John Hudson

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198260301
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740640 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England


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The assemblies to be considered in this chapter were not specialist law-courts, the primary purpose of which was the deciding of disputes; rather they had many functions. Their legal activities themselves included many that were not judicial: issuing legislation or more specific decrees, organising or performing police duties, witnessing transactions. It is possible that certain types of business were concentrated in certain meetings at fixed points in the year, for example the reviewing of peace-keeping activities. It is also possible that additional sessions were specially summoned to deal with particular judicial business. The chapter discusses the king's court, regional and district courts, lords' courts, ecclesiastical courts, and relations between courts.

Keywords: assemblies; king's court; regional and district courts; lords' courts; ecclesiastical courts; English law; Anglo-Saxon period

Chapter.  11781 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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