Bill of exceptions

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bill of exceptions (Law) a statement of exceptions to the decision, or instructions of a judge in the trial of a cause, made for the purpose of putting the points decided on record so as to bring them before a superior court or the full bench for review.
    • Bill of exceptions See under Exception.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bill of exceptions a statement of objections, by way of appeal, against the decision of a judge who is trying a case with a jury in the Court of Session
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Low L. billa, from L. bulla, anything round, a knob, a seal appended to a charter, hence a document bearing a seal, &c. See Bull, an edict.

Usage

In literature:

With the exception of the back-legs the stock bill which follows gives the thicknesses and widths exact.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
You won't have to do much except oversee the business and arrange the bills of fare.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
With the exception of the roses, Patty had never heard a word from Big Bill since they were at Spring Beach together.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
The Wildcat raked down all of his winnings except a five-dollar bill.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
After an ineffectual motion for a new trial, the plaintiff filed the following bill of exceptions.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
After an ineffectual motion for a new trial, the plaintiff filed the following bill of exceptions.
"Key-Notes of American Liberty" by Various
Except for the two or three bills that you have paid for me of your own free-will, do I exceed your bounty?
"Miss Grantley's Girls" by Thomas Archer
A bill providing police matrons in cities, with the exception of New York and Brooklyn, was secured from this Legislature.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
These birds, which are nearly five feet in length, are snow white with the exception of the black bill and feet.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Also a bill (in one House) abolishing provost marshals, except in camps of the army.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Mr. Leavitt, refused to sign a bill of exceptions, enabling him to bring the matter before the Supreme Court.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
Bills of exceptions were confined to civil cases.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Nothing was changed, except the size of my beer bill.
"Fräulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther" by Elizabeth von Arnim
On our entering it, we saw a flock of ducks which were entirely white, except the bill and part of the wings.
"Voyages from Montreal Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in 1789 and 1793" by Alexander Mackenzie
Various bills were introduced in parliament to make all the colonies royal, but they failed except in the case of New Jersey.
"The Colonization of North America" by Herbert Eugene Bolton
I have bills on all with the exception of one.
"The Red Room" by August Strindberg
Except the financial bills, this was the most important measure of the session, and the one about which the most heat had been engendered.
"The Life of Lyman Trumbull" by Horace White
The two last parliaments had been dissolved without passing a single act, except the subsidy bill of 1621.
"Constitutional History of England, Vol 1 of 3" by Henry Hallam
The rest of the family all went except Dilsey, who didn't much like the way her mother had treated her about Bill.
"The Annals of Ann" by Kate Trimble Sharber
No gaming in the eating-room, except tossing up for reckonings, on penalty of paying the whole bill of the members present.
"Club Life of London, Vol. I (of 2)" by John Timbs
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In news:

According to Town Administrator Bill DiLibero, the station will be open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 am - 4 pm, with the exception of Monday, Jan 16, in respects to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.
Onight's special edition of "Bill Moyers' Journal," on WNET-TV at 9 o'clock, offers the unusual example of an exceptionally awkward interview being thoroughly absorbing.
I sort of like to look through it, because it's about all the mail we get, except for the monthly bills.
America IS an exceptional nation – this is evident within the fundamental fabric of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
He may lack the physical attributes of younger (and bigger) goalies like Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson yet is still exceptional in his anticipation and positioning.
Photo courtesy Bill O’Neill, Acting State Forester, Michigan DNR The intensity of the heat left little except metal objects - and even some of those simply melted.
SurveyUSA has polled New Mexico Gov Bill Richardson's approval rating on a monthly basis (with a couple of exceptions) since May 2005.
The Senate Health Committee has passed HB156, the bill that adds an exception to the state veterinary code allowing a nonprofit clinic to operate without the ownership of a licensed veterinarian.
As a quarterback he had an average arm and below average mobility, at least according to most scouts and front office personnel of all the teams, except for the San Francisco 49ers' Head Coach Bill Walsh.
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In science:

The CfA3 sample fits the bill, with the slight exception of the three cameras used, and the change from RI filters on the 4Shooter to r ′ i′ on the later cameras.
CfA3: 185 Type Ia Supernova Light Curves from the CfA
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