Ecclesiastical courts

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courts for maintaining the discipline of the Established Church; - called also Christian courts.

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For seven years afterwards he remained, at the strong intercession of his friends, comparatively quiet; saving that he, every now and then, took occasion to display his zeal for the Protestant faith in some extravagant proceeding which was the delight of its enemies; and saving, besides, that he was formally excommunicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, for refusing to appear as a witness in the Ecclesiastical Court when cited for that purpose.
the matter was taken to a high ecclesiastical court,
Noel Vanstone ever discovers that you have knowingly married him under a false name, he can apply to the Ecclesiastical Court to have his marriage declared null and void.
He was never seen on 'Change, nor at the Bank, nor in the counting-rooms of the "City"; no ships ever came into London docks of which he was the owner; he had no public employment; he had never been entered at any of the Inns of Court, either at the Temple, or Lincoln's Inn, or Gray's Inn; nor had his voice ever resounded in the Court of Chancery, or in the Exchequer, or the Queen's Bench, or the Ecclesiastical Courts.
He was a married Anglican clergyman working as Rector of Benllech, Anglesey, when an ecclesiastical court found him guilty of a six-year adulterous affair.
If there is convincing evidence that the marriage was not, in fact, a valid marriage, the Ecclesiastical Court declares that the marriage did not, in fact, take place.
assumes without discussion that the proper referent is English rather than American practice, though if only because there was no ecclesiastical court in America [and] American law and equity courts had a broader jurisdiction in family-law matters than their English counterparts had.
He left his role as parish priest in 1979 and began a career as a canonist, participated in the Arabic translation of 1983 Code of Canon Law and became president of the Ecclesiastical Court of Jerusalem in 1988.
In the Ottoman Empire, each religious community had an ecclesiastical court for regulating internal matters: Jews were governed by halacha, Christian communities by their canon law and Muslims by shari'a.
The ecclesiastical court tended to be the wife's best chance of getting a sympathetic hearing, as it was the only time the husband's adultery or cruelty was considered relevant, and ecclesiastical courts tended to take a dim view of immoral and abusive husbands.
Arz Labaki said that investigations into allegations of molestation against the priest began at the Parisian ecclesiastical court in September 2010, after three women claimed he had molested them.
Summoned before an ecclesiastical court, he gave his evidence.