court of inquiry

a military board or agency created to investigate and report on certain military matters, as an accusation against an officer.

1750–60 Unabridged
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court of inquiry
1.  (Brit) a group of people appointed to investigate the causes of a disaster, accident, etc
2.  a military court set up to inquire into a military matter such as a failure of equipment or procedure

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Example sentences
The naval court of inquiry exonerated him and his officers and crew from all blame for the disaster.
But the court of inquiry, they convened five admirals to all the court of inquiry.
The judge conducting the hearing will be conducting a court of inquiry.
The officers of the court of inquiry paid another visit to the wreck today.
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