Maiden assize


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Maiden assize (Eng. Law) an assize which there is no criminal prosecution; an assize which is unpolluted with blood. It was usual, at such an assize, for the sheriff to present the judge with a pair of white gloves.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Maiden assize an assize at which there are no criminal cases
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In literature:

It was a maiden assize.
"Life of Johnson" by James Boswell
Limb of the Law on a maiden assize and white gloves, 29.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
Assize, maiden, at Norwich, 231.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
Maiden assizes are any thing but uncommon in that country.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 391, May, 1848" by Various