Ecclesiastical courts

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

See also: Ecclesiastical

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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. He certainly was not a manufacturer; nor was he a merchant or a gentleman farmer.
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.
Insects ravaging grain fields, orchards or vineyards were cited to appeal by counsel before a civil tribunal, and after testimony, argument and condemnation, if they continued in contumaciam the matter was taken to a high ecclesiastical court, where they were solemnly excommunicated and anathematized.
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.
With so much at stake, settlers accused of being Moriscos used ecclesiastical courts to clear their names and maintain their status.
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.
Her reference to 'a young priest' as the putative father, for example, is expanded upon to expose how the sexual transgressions of the clergy were typically concealed by the ecclesiastical courts, and to highlight how the paternal figure was largely excluded from early modern investigations of infanticides (p.
The Wijngaards Institute, an international organization that focuses on "key areas of Christian theology where the official Catholic teachings and practice are in need of reform", notes that divorce in the UK was governed by ecclesiastical courts until The Matrimonial Causes Act, 1857.
(3) But Judge Richard Posner, among others, has observed that the same language that supposedly gave rise to the exception on the diversity side (a statutory grant of jurisdiction limited to matters of "common law or in equity" that omits claims before the ecclesiastical courts in England) also appears in the statutory grant of jurisdiction over cases (in law and equity) arising under the Constitution, laws, and treaties of the United States.
(29) This culture of appeal (30)--itself impacted by European civil law, a form of which was practiced in England's ecclesiastical courts (31)--may have in some geographic areas moved into the public sphere during the transition from company-administered land grants to colonies.
As Section II.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