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Star Chamber

n.
1. A 15th-century to 17th-century English court consisting of judges who were appointed by the Crown and sat in closed session on cases involving state security.
2. star chamber A court or group that engages in secret, harsh, or arbitrary procedures.

[So called because the ceiling of the original courtroom was decorated with stars.]

Star Chamber

n
1. (Historical Terms) English history the Privy Council sitting as a court of equity, esp powerful under the Tudor monarchs; abolished 1641
2. (Law) (sometimes not capitals) any arbitrary tribunal dispensing summary justice
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes not capitals) (in Britain, in a Conservative government) a group of senior ministers who make the final decision on the public spending of each government department

Star′ Cham`ber


n.
1. an English law court, abolished in 1641, that included members of the monarch's privy council and considered cases without a jury or other procedures of common-law courts.
2. (l.c.) any tribunal, committee, or the like, that acts in an arbitrary or unfair manner.
[1350–1400]
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Noun1.Star Chamber - a former English court that became notorious for its arbitrary methods and severe punishments
court, judicature, tribunal - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
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