Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An ecclesiastical court of appeal and of original jurisdiction.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English ecolesiastical law. A court of appeal bslonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the judge of which is called the "Dean of the Arches," 'because his court was anciently held in the church of Saint Mary-le-Bow, (Sancta Maria de Arcubus,) so named from the steeple, which is raised upon pillars built archwise The court was until recently held in the hall belonging to the College of Civilians, commonly called "Doctors' Commons." It is now held in Westminster Hall. Its proper jurisdiction is only over the thirteen peculiar parishes belonging to the archbishop in London, but, the office of Dean of the Arches having been for a long time united with that of the archbishop's principal official, the Judge of the Arches, in right of such added office, it receives and determines appeals from the sentences of all interior ecolesiastical courts within the province. 3 Bl. Comm. 64.