Prerogative Court


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(Eng. Law) a court which formerly had authority in the matter of wills and administrations, where the deceased left bona notabilia, or effects of the value of five pounds, in two or more different dioceses.

See also: Prerogative

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There were a great many bundles of papers on it, some endorsed as Allegations, and some (to my surprise) as Libels, and some as being in the Consistory Court, and some in the Arches Court, and some in the Prerogative Court, and some in the Admiralty Court, and some in the Delegates' Court; giving me occasion to wonder much, how many Courts there might be in the gross, and how long it would take to understand them all.
245; emphasis Bonfield's), is rounded out by a very useful appendix/"primer" on probate procedure in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Bonfield takes as his object of study nearly two hundred causes (or cases) related to wills probated (that is, proved valid or deemed invalid) between 1660 and 1700 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, the preeminent court for this kind of litigation in England at the time.
Parliament had made a much needed reform to the system in 1642 when it removed the King's power to dismiss judges and abolished the Star Chamber, his cruel prerogative court.
There were several kinds of court, the two main courts covering England and Wales, the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) and Prerogative Court of York (PCY).
The Prerogative Court of Canterbury, the most important of these courts, dealt with the relatively wealthy individuals living mainly in the south of England and most of Wales (what was originally the ecclesiastical province of Canterbury).
Online wills from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) can be accessed at www.
asp, individuals can search and download the Prerogative Court of Canterbury's (PCC) entire collection of wills--more than 1 million--from the years 1384 to 1858.
The correspondent can be clearly identified as Dr Thomas Ryves (15837-1652), a civil lawyer, a Master in Chancery, and a Judge in the Prerogative Court in Ireland, 1615-25.
First, since the statute attempted to curb acts "in prejudice and disherison of our lord the King," this could not apply to Chancery, since the king cannot he disinherited of jurisdiction by his own prerogative court.