Ecclesiastical courts

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

See also: Ecclesiastical

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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.
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.
The concept of alimony itself is very old, dating back to the Cannon Law disbursed by the Ecclesiastical Courts, the courts that presided over matrimonial issues until relatively modern times.
A explained, the argument that domestic-relations cases fall beyond the scope of Article III jurisdiction rests on the claim that English law and equity courts could not hear domestic-relations cases because the ecclesiastical courts had exclusive jurisdiction over them.
Religious courts, which include Islamic Sharia courts and Ecclesiastical courts affiliated with the country's various Christian sects, adjudicate all cases dealing with "personal status" issues such as divorce, marriage, child-custody and inheritance
At times the church accommodated in order to disadvantage the alternative, as by accepting the testimony of ("God fearing") Muslim witnesses in ecclesiastical courts in order to insure their use.
But where ecclesiastical courts feared to tread, Whig politicians rushed in to drag marriage out of the mystical realm and into the secular.
The embeddedness of these groups is underscored as their negotiated relationships with other overlapping and nearby communities, feudal lords, ecclesiastical courts, and state institutions are considered.
If having the courage to open up ' new areas' to God includes, as Vatican Insider reports, new ecclesiastical courts that would handle sex abuse cases -- finally acknowledging and attacking the scandals -- even the most obdurate non- believer would have to say that Pope Francis' arrival might end up doing some good for humanity.