Petition of right

(redirected from Petition of rights)
Also found in: Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to Petition of rights: English Bill of Rights
(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.

See also: Petition

Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
Such was the Petition of Right assented to by Charles I.
The Petition of Rights also quoted the 1368 statute that "no man" should be "taken, nor imprisoned.
In the opening speech of his trial in April 1964, Nelson Mandela stated his admiration for the parliamentary systems of western governments and for some of the landmark documents in the fight for British rights: 'The Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights, and the Bill of Rights are documents which are held in veneration by democrats throughout the world.