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

    A court established by Edward III.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. The name of a court anciently held as a court of honor merely, before the earl-marshal. and as a criminal court before the lord high constable, jointly with the earl-marshal. It had jurisdiction as to contracts and other matters touching deeds of arms or war, as Well as pleas of life or member. It also corrected encroachments in matters of coat-armor, precedency, and other distinctions of familles. It is now grown entirely out of use, on account of the feebleness of its jurisdiction and want of power to enforce its judgments, as it could neither fine nor imprison, not being a court of record. 3 BL Comm. 68; 4 Broom & H. Comm. 360, note.