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ecclesiastical court

noun
1.
a church court in ecclesiastical matters, presided over by members of the clergy and usually having no compulsory jurisdiction.
Also called court Christian.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85
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Examples from the web for ecclesiastical court
  • Use for a libelee against whom an appeal is taken from one ecclesiastical court or admiralty to another to reverse the judgment.
  • There's elaborate due process for criminal prosecutions in an ecclesiastical court.
  • Use for a libelant who takes an appeal from one ecclesiastical court or admiralty to another to reverse the judgment.
Encyclopedia Article for ecclesiastical court

tribunal set up by religious authorities to deal with disputes among clerics or with spiritual matters involving either clerics or laymen. Although such courts are found today among the Jews (see bet din) and among the Muslims (Shari'ah) as well as the various Christian sects, their functions have become limited strictly to religious issues and to governance of church property. During earlier periods in history, the ecclesiastical courts often had a degree of temporal jurisdiction, and in the Middle Ages the courts of the Roman Catholic Church rivalled the temporal courts in power

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