Chapter

Courts

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260301.003.0022

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Courts

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Previous chapters have emphasised that courts were assemblies with many functions. Whilst on occasion they may have dealt with a prevalence of legal matters, these need not have been primarily judicial, but rather, for example, peace-keeping arrangements or witnessing of transactions. The Angevin period, however, saw the appearance of specialised royal law-courts that concentrated to a large extent on litigation. This chapter discusses the king's court, county courts, hundred courts, the sheriff's tourn, lords' courts, ecclesiastical courts, and the transfer of cases between secular courts.

Keywords: Angevin period; king's court; county courts; hundred courts; the sheriff's tourn; lords' courts; ecclesiastical courts; secular courts

Chapter.  18921 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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