Spiritual court

(Eccl. Law) an ecclesiastical court, or a court having jurisdiction in ecclesiastical affairs; a court held by a bishop or other ecclesiastic.

See also: Spiritual

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We have courts of common law, courts of probates (analogous in certain matters to the spiritual courts in England), a court of admiralty and a court of chancery.
NNA - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri received this afternoon at the "Center House" a delegation of religious figures, mayors and dignitaries from the North, headed by Mufti of Akkar Sheikh Zeid Bakkar Zakaria and the President of the Sunni Spiritual Court in Tripoli Samir Kamaleddine.
It was a tale of injustice finally rectified in a spiritual court.
In addition to finding punishment or rewards after death, ordinary Chinese could appeal for intervention from spiritual courts during their lifetimes.
The Chancellor sits as a judge of the spiritual court of a diocesan bishop, which is held in places like a cathedral or chapter house of the diocese.
This morning, Patriarch Rahi met with a delegation of the Maronite Spiritual Court, and then presided over the monthly meeting of the coordinators of the Patriarchal seat.
Mamberti is on a weeklong visit for talks with Lebanese officials on the conditions of Christians in Lebanon and the region and the work of Christian spiritual courts in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.
In 1759, to support his dean in a church squabble, Sterne wrote A Political Romance (later called The History of a Good Warm Watch-Coat), a Swiftian satire on dignitaries of the spiritual courts.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Sd, the head of one of the country's Greek Orthodox spiritual courts, said that as a committed Christian he favors marriage in the church.
We have to deal with the disputes of married couples, and we can't deny that there is corruption in [some] spiritual courts.
Berri, on the other hand, received the president of Jaafarite Spiritual Courts, scholar Hassan Awad.