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 hamper; a receptacle where files and documents were kept.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A hamper or basket in which were kept the writs of the court of chancory relating to the business of a subject, and their returns. 3 Bl. Comm. 49. According to others, the fees accruing on writs, etc., were there kept. Spelman; Du Cange.
    —Hanaper-offlce. An office belonging to the common-law jurisdiction of the court of chancery, so called because all write relating to the business of a subject, and their returns, were formerly kept in a hamper, in hanaperio. 5 & 6 Viet. c. 103. See Yates v. People, 6 Johns. (N. Y.) 363.