Manorial court


Manorial court
From the 12c each *manor usually held its own court every three weeks or so. It regulated the manor's agricultural affairs, while also enforcing its by-laws, labour services, transfer of manorial land, petty offences within the manor and against the servile dues, election of a *reeve. Theoretically, there were two types of manorial court, the court baron for free tenants, and the court customary for servile tenants; in practice though one court served all purposes. This was presided over by the lord's steward. If the lord of the manor had a *franchise, then other, more serious cases might also be dealt with.

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  • manorial court — A court baron,–a court held within certain manors in which the tenants litigated and were tried …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • manorial court — noun Any of several forms of court, in medieval and early modern Europe, provided by the lord of the manor for his tenants …   Wiktionary

  • manorial court — noun : a local court held by the lord of a manor in medieval England and colonial America …   Useful english dictionary

  • court-roll — courtˈ roll noun The record of land holdings, etc of a manorial court • • • Main Entry: ↑court …   Useful english dictionary

  • court-bar|on — «KRT BAR uhn, KOHRT », noun. an English manorial court, now nearly extinct, presided over by the lord, or his steward, and having jurisdiction over disputes between tenants, local misdemeanors, and the like …   Useful english dictionary

  • Court leet — See also: Leet The court leet was a historical court baron (a manorial court) of England and Wales and Ireland that exercised the view of frankpledge and its attendant police jurisdiction,[1] which was normally restricted to the hundred courts.… …   Wikipedia

  • court baron — ▪ medieval court Latin  Curia Baronis        (“baron s court”), medieval English manorial court, or halimoot, that any lord could hold for and among his tenants. By the 13th century the steward of the manor, a lawyer, usually presided; originally …   Universalium

  • Court baron — A Court baron is an English manorial court dating from the Middle Ages. It was laid down by Sir Edward Coke that a manor had two courts, the first by the common law, and is called a court baron, the freeholders ( barons ) being its suitors; the… …   Wikipedia

  • Manorial roll — The Manorial Roll or Court Roll is the roll or record kept in connection with a manorial court, in particular containing entries relating to the rents and holdings, deaths, alienations, and successions of the customary tenants or copyholders. A… …   Wikipedia


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