Legal Term Dictionary

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    In old English law. A merchant denizen; one born within the Eng' lish pale. Blount.
    In old English law. An ancient custom, where children were born out of wedlock, and their parents afterwards intermarried. The children, together with the father and mother, stood under a cloth extended while the marriage was solemnized. It was in the nature of adoption. The children were legitimate by the More...
    A name given to the English statute 19 & 20 Vict c 16, enabling a person accused of a crime committed out of the jurisdiction of the central criminal court to be-tried in that court.
    A small book, bound in paper covers, usually printed in the octavo form, and stitched. See U. 5. v. Chase, 135 U. S. 255, 10 Sup. Ct 756, 34 L. Ed. 117.
    The name given in Pennsylvania to the publication, in pamphlet or book form, containing the acts passed by the state legislature at each of its biennial sessions.
    A compilation of Roman law, consisting of selected passages from the writings of the most authoritative of the older jurists, methodically arranged, prepared by Tribonian with the assistance of sixteen associates, tinder a commission from the emperor Justinian. . This work, which is otherwise called the "Digest," comprises fifty books, More...
    In old records. A brewer.
    An ale-wife; a woman that both brewed arid sold ale and beer.
    The roll or slip of parchment returned by the sheriff in obedience to a venire facias, containing the names of the persons whom he has summoned to attend the court as jurymen. Beasley v. People, 89 111. 571; People v. Coyodo, 40 Cal. 592. The panel is a list of More...
    in the parlance of the English bar societies, is an attendant or domestic who waits at table and &ives bread, (panis,) wine, and other necessary things to those who are dining.. The phrase was in familiar use among the knights templar, and from them has been handed down to the More...
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