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 appeal from an ordinary to his superior.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A double complaint. An ecclesiastical proceeding, which is in the nature of an appcal from an ordinary's refusal to institute, to his next immediate superior; as from a bishop to the archbishop. If the superior adjudges the cause of refusal to be insufficient, he will grant institution to the appellant. Philliin. Ecc. Law, 440.