Court-leet

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Court-leet (Eng. Law) A court of record held once a year, in a particular hundred, lordship, or manor, before the steward of the leet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n court-leet An English court of record held in a particular hundred, lordship, or manor. before the steward of the leet, for petty offenses, indictments to higher courts, and some administrative functions. It has now fallen into general disuse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Court-leet a court of record held in a manor before the lord or his steward
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cort (Fr. cour)—Low L. cortis, a courtyard—L. cors, cohors, an enclosure; akin to Gr. chortos, an enclosed place, L. hortus, a garden. See Yard.

Usage

In literature:

The leet court and sheriff's turn court have much less jurisdiction.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
A court-leet and view of frank pledge used to be held half-yearly at Easter and Michaelmas, and a court-baron in May.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
With the court leet was usually connected the so-called view of frank pledge.
"An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England" by Edward Potts Cheyney
It was a quaint old structure, and the court-leet and court-baron held sittings in it.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
To be assessed by the court-leet in fact established his title.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
A court leet, court of record and bailiffs' court of liberties still exist.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
There only remains the Court Leet.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
A court-leet and court-baron used to be held half-yearly, but both are now obsolete.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Pie Poudre, Leet and Baron Court, With Swanhoppers no more to hop.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Another petition is from the commonalty of Suffolk to the council, complaining of false indictments and presentments in courts-leet.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
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