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ap·par·i·tor

 (ə-păr′ĭ-tər)
n.
An official who was formerly sent to carry out the orders of a civil or ecclesiastical court.

[Middle English, from Latin appāritor, from appāritus, past participle of appārēre, to appear; see appear.]

apparitor

(əˈpærɪtə)
n
(Law) an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court
[C15: from Latin: public servant, from appārēre to appear]

ap•par•i•tor

(əˈpær ɪ tər)

n.
(in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or court.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin appāritor]
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Generally, he was informed of suspicious behavior by court officials like the captain and the alarii or apparitors.
Apparitors main duties were, first, to bear the summons to those charged to appear in ecclesiastical court (and often to insure the person's appearance), and second, to investigate "intestate estates and [perform] other duties in connection with the probate of wills" (46).