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  • KING
    The sovereign, ruler, or chief executive magistrate of a state or nation whose constitution is of the kind called "monarchical" is thus named if a man; if it be a woman, she is called "queen." The word expresses the idea of one who rules singly over a whole people or More...
    An English advocate who holds, In the courts in which the rules of the canon and civil law prevail, a similar position to that which the attorney general holds in the ordinary courts, i. e, he acts as counsel for the crown In ecclesiastical, admiralty, and probate cases, and advises More...
    The supreme court of common law In England, being so called because the king used formerly to sit there In person, the style of the court being "coram ipso rege" It was called the "queen's bench" in the reign of a queen, and during the protectorate of Cromwell it was More...
    Those portions of the seas, adjacent to the coasts of Great Britain, which are inclosed within headlands so as to be cut off from the open sea by imaginary straight lines drawn from one promontory to another.
    An officer of the court of king's bench, usually called "the master of the crown office," whose duty it is to file informuilous at the suit of a private subject by direction of the court. 4 Bl. Comm. 308, 309 ; 4 Steph. Comm. 374, 378.
    Barristers or Serjeants who have been called within the bar and selected to be the king's counsel. They answer in some measure to the advocati fisat or advocates of the revenue, among the Romans. They must not be employed against the crown without special leave, which is, however, always granted, More...
    When several persons are charged with a crime, and one of them gives evidence against his accomplices, on the promise of being granted a pardon, he is said to be admitted king's or (in America) state's evidence. 4 Steph. Comm. 395; Sweet.
    A proctor or solicitor representing the crown in the former practice of the courts of probate and divorce. In petitions for dissolution of marriage, or for declarations of nullity of marriage, the king's proctor may, under the direction of the attorney general, and by leave of the court, intervene in More...
    An officer of the central office of the English supreme court. Formerly he was an officer of the exchequer, and had important duties to perform in protecting the rights of the crown; e. g. by instituting proceedings for the recovery of land by writs of intrusion, (q. v.,) and for More...
    A country where an officer called a "king" exercises the powers of government, whether the same be absolute or limited. Wolff, lust Nat I 994.' In some kingdoms, the executive officer may be a woman, who is called a "queen."
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