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 for the trial of peers for felonies and other certain high crimes.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. A court instituted for the trial, during the recess of parliament, of peers indicted for treason or felony or for misprision of either. This court is not a permanent body, but is created in modern times, when occasion requires, and for the time bsing, only; and the lord high steward, se constituted, with such of the temporal lords as may take the proper oath, and act, constitute the court