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n. Law
a. A judicial inquest, the writ by which it is instituted, or the verdict of the jurors.
b. A decree or edict rendered at such an inquest.
2. assizes
a. One of the periodic court sessions formerly held in each of the counties of England and Wales for the trial of civil or criminal cases.
b. The time or place of such sessions.

[Middle English assise, from Old French, from past participle of asseoir, to seat, from Latin assidēre, to sit beside; see assiduous.]


1. (Law) (in the US)
a. a sitting of a legislative assembly or administrative body
b. an enactment or order of such an assembly
2. (Law) English history a trial or judicial inquest, the writ instituting such inquest, or the verdict
3. (Law) Scots law
a. trial by jury
b. another name for jury1
[C13: from Old French assise session, from asseoir to seat, from Latin assidēre to sit beside; see assess]



1. Usu., assizes. (in England) trial sessions, civil or criminal, held periodically by a high court.
2. an action, verdict, etc., of an assize.
3. an inquest or other judicial inquiry.
4. an enactment by a legislative assembly.
5. a statute for the regulation and control of weights and measures or prices of general commodities in the market.
[1250–1300; Middle English asise < Old French: session, seat, n. use of feminine of asis, past participle of aseeir to sit, settle < Latin assidēre to sit by]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assize - the regulation of weights and measures of articles offered for sale
ordinance, regulation - an authoritative rule
2.assize - an ancient writ issued by a court of assize to the sheriff for the recovery of property
judicial writ, writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"


The formal product of a legislative or judicial body:
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But when, at the Assize Court, he brought in the key to the whole case, he did not tell the whole truth.
THE 73-year-oldman accused of sexually harassing his 11-year-old granddaughter will remain in custody until his trial at the Paphos Assize Court on November 25, the Paphos district court ruled on Friday.
IN earlier days Sadberge was an important regional centre with a castle and Assize Court and, even though quieter times have returned to this attractive village setting east of Darlington, there are clues to the glories of that previous era.
Assize Court judge Lena Demetriadou, who heads the three member panel, granted a postponement until March 27, saying that on the set date the Court will hear the parties' arguments regardless of whether there is agreement on the admissible facts.
The Grade II* listed building was used as a county hall and was an assize court until 1971.
Elena Skordelli, 45, orchestrated the slaying with her brother Tasos Krasopoulis in January 2010 because she had been taken off air and fired by Hadjicostis, 41, Nicosia Assize Court said.
But when Jessica Davies appeared at Versailles Assize court in January 2010 accused of "unpremeditated voluntary homicide" the prosecution described her as much more than a monster.
64) The assize court reaches decisions on the basis of votes cast by each judicial and lay member, and no special weight is assigned to the votes of the professional judges.
Before the 58-year-old Mountain Ash-born judge started his task he ordered all the doors of the 18th-century assize court to be closed.
2) The defendants were taken into custody, until the case came before the assize court at Maidstone on February 21, 1610/11.
Yet it was only in cases of crimes against persons, not against property, or even the legally more complex cases of fraud and libel tried in the assize court, that frequent acquittals occurred.
Kelly, 27, was convicted of murder on February 8, 1950, at Liverpool Assize Court and sentenced to death after Leonard Thomas, the manager of the Cameo Cinema in Wavertree, Liverpool, and his assistant, were shot dead during a bungled burglary in March 1949.