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    Writs for the admitting and removing of guardians.
    In Roman law. Guardlans; observers; inspectors. Persons who acted as inspectors of elections, and who counted the votes given. Tayl. Civil Law, 193. In old English law. Keepers; guardians; conservators. • Custodes pacts, guardians of the peace. 1 Bl. Comm. 349.
    The style iu which writs and all judicial processes were made out during the great revolution, from the execution of King Charles I. till Oliver Cromwell was declared protector.
    In the custody of the law. Stockwell v. Robinson, 9 Houst (Del.) 313, 32 Atl. 528.
    In English law. A grant from the crown under the exchequer seal, by which the custody of lands, etc., seised in the king's hands, is demised or committed to some person as custodee or lessee thereof. Wharton.
    The care and keeping of anything; as when an article is said to be "In the custody of the court." People v. Burr, 41 How. Prac. (N. Y.) 296; Emmerson v. State, 33 Tex. Cr. R. 89, 25 S. W. 290; Roe v. Irwin, 32 Ga. 39. Also the detainer More...
    A usage or practice of the people, which, by common adoption and acquiescence, aud by long and unvarying habit, has become compulsory, and has acquired the force of a law with respect to the place or subject-matter to which it relates. Adams v. Insurance Co., 95 Pa. 355. 40 Am. More...
    In administrative law. The house or office where commodities are entered for importation or exportation; where the duties, bounties, or drawbacks, payable or receivable ui>on such importation or exportation are paid or received; and where ships are cleared out, etc. —Custom-house broker. One whose occupation it is, as the agent More...
    According to custom or usage; founded on, or growing out of, or dependent on, a custom, {q. v.) —Customary Court-Baron. See COURT— BARON.—Customary estates. Estates which owe their origin and existence to the custom of the manor in which they are held. 2 Bl. Comm. 149.—Customary freehold. In English law. More...
    This term is usually applied to those taxes which are payable upon goods and merchandise imported or exported. Story, Const f 949; Pollock v. Trust Co., 158 U. S. 601, 15 Sup. Ct. 912, 39 L. Ed. 1108; Marriott v. Brune, 9 How. 632, 13 I* Ed. 282. The duties, More...
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