Printing at first was regulated by royal proclamations; then by the star-chamber; and afterwards by the Long Parliament.
The decrees of the star-chamber were taken as the basis of 13 and 14 Car.
The records show the star-chamber to have taken cognizance both of civil suits and of offences throughout the time of the Tudors.
No star-chamber court, no secret inquisition, in this nineteenth century, can ever be made acceptable to the American mind.
Thereat the citizens, ever sticklers for their rights, demurred, and at last it was made a star-chamber matter.
Influence of the authority of the star-chamber in enhancing the royal power.
Since the time of the star-chamber and of general warrants there has been no such proceeding in England.
Black untamed forests are there, and wild savage creatures; but not so cruel as star-chamber hangmen.
Those dealers who resisted their interference were severely fined, on informations in the star-chamber.
Many people thought they saw the proceedings of the star-chamber revived in the severity of this punishment.
late 14c., apartment in the royal palace at Westminster in which members of the king's council sat to exercise jurisdiction 14-15c., it evolved 15c. into a court of criminal jurisdiction, proverbial under James I and Charles I for arbitrary and oppressive proceedings. Abolished 1641. Supposedly so called because gilt stars were painted on the ceiling.
A royal court that began in England in the Middle Ages; cases were heard there without juries. Under the early Stuart kings, it was known for its tyrannical judgments. The name came from the courtroom's ceiling, which was painted with stars.
Note: Star Chamber is used as a general descriptive term for arbitrary tactics by a judge.