prize court

prize court

noun
a court whose function it is to adjudicate on prizes taken in war.

Origin:
1785–95, Americanism

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prize court
 
n
law a court having jurisdiction to determine how property captured at sea in wartime is to be distributed

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prize court

a municipal (national) court in which the legality of captures of goods and vessels at sea and related questions are determined.

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