Legal Term Dictionary

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    Lat. The plaintiff did not find a pledge. A return1 formerly made by a sheriff to a writ requiring him to take security of the plaintiff to prosecute his claim. Cowell. Quarere dat ampere qua snnt logitima ere. Litt. 443. To inquire into them, is the way to know what More...
    An indulgence or remission of penance, sold by the pope.
    In Roman law. Anciently a species of commission granted by the comitia to one or more persons for the purpose of inquiring into some crime or public offense and reporting thereon. In later times, the qucestio came to exercise plenary criminal jurisdiction, even to pronouncing sentence, and then was appointed More...
    Those who carried quanta about from door to door.
    in Roman law, were commissions (or courts) of inquisition into crimes alleged to have been committed. They were called "perpetuw," to distinguish them from occasional Inquisitions, and because they ' were permanent courts for the trial of offenders. Brown.
    Lat A Roman magistrate, o whose office it was to collect the public revenue. Varro de L. L. iv. 14. -Quastor saori palatii. Quaestor of the sacred palace. An officer of die imperial court at Constantinople, with powers and duties resembling those of a chancellor. Calvin.
    L. Lat That estate which a man has by acquisition or purchase, in contradistinction to "licereditas," which is what he has by descent Glan. 1, 7, c 1.
    This, in England, is the statutory, as well as the popular, name of a member of a religious society, by themselves denpminated "Friends."
    Lat In old English law. A judicial writ, which lay where a man of religion had judgment to recover land before execution was made of the judgment It went forth to the escheator between judgment and execution, to inquire what right the religious person had to recover, or whether the More...
    The possession by an individual of the qualities, properties, or circumstances, natural or adventitious, which are inherently or legally necessary to render him eligible to fill an office or to perform a public duty or function. Thus, the ownership of a freehold estate may be made the qualification of a More...
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