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

    In English law. A court which had jurisdiction of all cases of treason, misprision of treason, murder, manslaughter, bloodshed, and other malicious strikings whereby blood is shed, occurring in or within the limits of any of the palaces or houses of the king or any other house where the royal person is abiding. It was created by statute 33 Hen. VIII. c. 12, but long since fell intb disuse. 4 Bl. Comm. 276, 277, and notes.