Petition of right

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(Law) a petition to obtain possession or restitution of property, either real or personal, from the Crown, which suggests such a title as controverts the title of the Crown, grounded on facts disclosed in the petition itself.

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Such was the Petition of Right assented to by Charles I.
Parliament recited Article 39 in 1628 in the Petition of Right and again in 1641 in the statute abolishing the Star Chamber.
Chapter 1, "Rights, Prerogatives and Law: The Petition of Right," investigates the acute constitutional issues driving the 1628 Petition of Right and their enactment on the stage.
Thus, on one hand, the play presents the complaints in the Petition of Right as legitimate, but, on the other hand, it also sets limits on the use of petitions and models a sovereign taking advice from counselors.
For centuries the petition of right became a pivotal device in the fight for freedom in England as Parliament gradually wrested power from the monarchy.
He named Magna Carta (1215), Petition of Right, (1628) and the Bill of Rights (1689) in support.
The president had now claimed the same power as the king before the adoption of the Petition of Right in 1628.
Those who use history to argue against the existence of a constitutional basis for sovereign immunity point to procedural devices by which the Crown could be sued--such as the petition of right, the monstrans de droit, and the traverse of office (1)--to infer that sovereign immunity did not exist in absolute form in English common law from the Middle Ages on; the argument by extension is that no such doctrine existed in the U.
The Petition of Right pressed the case of serious grievances by Parliament against the Crown.
Lord Chatham, Pitt the Elder, considered Magna Carta, the Petition of Right of 1627 and the Bill of Rights to be the "Bible of the Constitution".
And one of the first genuine juridical declarations of human rights to emerge from this process was England's Petition of Right, issued by Parliament in 1628.
This led Parliament to pass the Petition of Right, which essentially restated the Magna Carta, reasserting its inviolable status.