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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Petitions of right asked for the recognition of undoubted rights, not mercy, and were directed at the King as the font of justice.
25) Petitions of right claimed, in essence, that the petitioner's interests had been injured in such a way that, had the action involved a private defendant rather than the Crown, the petitioner would have had a legal claim.
Professor Ehrlich dates the widespread use of petitions of right to early in the reign of Edward I (1272-1307).