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.
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.
The Family Records Centre, Islington, which is jointly managed by The National Archives and the Office for National Statistics, holds the indexes (not the certificates themselves) for births, deaths and marriages for England and Wales from July 1837 and also copies of wills, before 1858, from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) and some other church courts.
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.