- MAGNA PRECARIA
In old English law. A great or general reap-day. Cowell; Blount.
- MAGNA SERJEANTIA
In old English law. Grand serjeanty. Fleta, lib. 2, c 4, 5 1.
- MAGNUM CAPE
In old practice. Great or grand cape. 1 Reeve, Eng. Law, 418. See GRAND CAPS.
- MAGNUM CONCILIUM
In old English law. The great council; the general council of the realm; afterwards called "parliament" 1 Bl. Comm. 148; 1 Reeve, Eng. Law, 62; Spelman. . The king's great council of barons and prelates. Spelman; Crabb, Com. Law, 228.
- MAGNUS ROTULUS STATUTORUM
The great statute roll. The flrst of the English statute roils, beginning with Magna Charta, and ending with Edward III. Hale, Com. Law, 16, 17.
In Hindu law. A banker or any great shop-keeper.
In Hindu law. Any land or public fund producing a revenue to the government of Hindostan. "Mahalaat" is the plural.
In maritime law. The German name for the contract for the building of a vessel. This contract contains a specification of the kind of vessel intended, her dimensions, the time within which she Is to be completed, the price and times of payment, etc. Jac. Sea Laws, 2-8.
In Scotch law. An instrument formerly used in beheading criminals. It resembled the French guillotine, of which It is said to have been the prototype. Wharton.
- MAIDEN ASSIZE
In English law. Originally an assize at which no person was condemned to die. Now it Is a session of a criminal court at which there are no prisoners to be tried.