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 old English court presided over by the steward of the leet, having jurisdiction in petty crimes and preliminary examinations.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The name of an English court of record held once in the yeaT, and not oftener, within a particular hundred, lordship or manor, before the steward of the leet; being the king's court granted by charter to the lords of those hundreds or manors. Its office was to view the frankpledges,—that is, the frcemen within the liberty; to present by jury crimes happening within the jurisdiction; and to punish trivial misdemeanors. It has now, however, for the most part, fallen Into total desuetude; thongh in some manors a court-leet is still periodically held for the transaction of the administrative business of the manor. Mozley & Whitley.