Sheriff

Chief officer in a shire, i.e. the 'shire *reeve', representing the crown as its executive before the *Norman Conquest. The English office was amalgamated with that of the Norman vicomte (Lat. = vicecomes) after 1066. William I separated secular and ecclesiastical courts, thus leaving the sheriff as the king's power in the *county. He summoned and led his shire's array of soldiery; he also executed all writs, and, for the first century after 1066, judged both criminal and civil cases. But from the time of Henry II, and the emergence of the * curia regis, his powers were considerably restricted, jurisdiction over civil cases disappearing. His responsibilities thereafter were to investigate allegations of crime from within his shire, to try minor offences, but to hold those accused of serious crimes for the arrival of the justices-in-eyre. Today, the position remains as a ceremonial office. [< OldEngl. scirgerefa < scir = shire + gerefa = reeve] -

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  • sheriff — sher·iff n [Old English scīrgerēfa, from scīr shire + gerēfa reeve (king s agent)]: an official of a county or parish charged primarily with judicial duties (as executing the processes and orders of courts and judges) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary …   Law dictionary

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  • Sheriff — Sher iff, n. [OE. shereve, AS. sc[=i]r ger?fa; sc[=i]r a shire + ger?fa a reeve. See Shire, and {Reeve}, and cf. {Shrievalty}.] The chief officer of a shire or county, to whom is intrusted the execution of the laws, the serving of judicial writs… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Sheriff — Sm (ein hoher Verwaltungs bzw. Vollzugsbeamter) erw. exot. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. sheriff, dieses aus ae. scīrgerēfa Grafschaftsvogt , zu ae. scīr f. Verwaltungsbezirk und ae. gerēfa hoher Verwaltungsbeamter . Unter dem entlehnten …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • SHERIFF — is a telecom fraud detection and management system, originally developed by BT and MCI. SHERIFF is an acronym for Statistical Heuristic Engine to Reliably and Intelligently Fight Fraud …   Wikipedia

  • Sheriff — (engl., spr. schérrif, v. angelsächs. scirgerefa, »Hüter oder Richter der Grafschaft«), in England der von der Krone bestellte erste richterliche Beamte einer, Grafschaft. Jede Grafschaft hat einen S. (High S.); nur die City von London hat deren… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • sheriff — (ingl.; pronunc. [shérif]; pl. «sheriffs») m. En Estados Unidos, funcionario encargado de mantener la ley y el orden en un distrito. Las películas llamadas «del Oeste» (el Oeste de los Estados Unidos) han generalizado este término entre los… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • sheriff — Voz inglesa (pron. [shérif]) con que se designa al representante de la justicia que se encarga de hacer cumplir la ley en los Estados Unidos de América y en ciertas regiones y condados británicos: «La película arranca del hallazgo en el desierto… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • sheriff — (n.) late O.E. scirgerefa representative of royal authority in a shire, from scir (see SHIRE (Cf. shire)) + gerefa chief, official, reeve (see REEVE (Cf. reeve)). In Anglo Saxon England, the representative of royal authority in a shire. As an… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sheriff — ► NOUN 1) (also high sheriff) (in England and Wales) the chief executive officer of the Crown in a county. 2) an honorary officer elected annually in some English towns. 3) (in Scotland) a judge. 4) US an elected officer in a county, responsible… …   English terms dictionary

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