Arches Court


Arches Court
/archaz kort/ In English ecclesiastical law, a court of appeal belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the judge of which is called the "Dean of the Arches", because his court was anciently held in the church of Saint Mary-le-Bow (Sancta Maria de Arcubus), so named from the steeple, which is raised upon pillars built archwise. The court was afterwards held in the hall belonging to the College of Civilians, commonly called "Doctors' Commons". It is now held in Westminster Hall.
Its proper jurisdiction is only over the thirteen peculiar parishes belonging to the archbishop in London, but, the office of Dean of the Arches having been for a long time united with that of the archbishop's principal official, the Judge of the Arches, in right of such added office, it receives and determines appeals from the sentences of all inferior ecclesiastical courts within the province. Many original suits are also brought before him from which the inferior judge has waived jurisdiction.
From the Court of Arches an appeal lies to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • Arches court — (engl., spr. artsch s kohrt, The Court of Arches), das älteste u. vornehmste, unter dem Bischof von Canterbury stehende geistliche Consistorium in England, von dem nur noch Appellation an den Court of Chancery Statt findet …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Arches court — (engl. artsch kort), das vornehmste geistliche Consistorium in England, unter dem Erzbischof von Canterbury stehend …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • arches-court — see arch n. 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Arches Court — The Arches Court permanent home is St Mary le Bow …   Wikipedia

  • arches court — An ecclesiastical court of appeal and of original jurisdiction. It was the court of appeal from all the diocesan courts, and its original jurisdiction, which had been universal in ecclesiastical cases, was greatly curtailed by the Statute of… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Arches, Court of — See Curia de Arcubus …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Arches, Court of —    See Doctors Commons and St. Mary le Bow …   Dictionary of London

  • Court of arches — Arches Arch es, pl. of {Arch}, n. [1913 Webster] {Court of arches}, or {Arches Court} (Eng. Law), the court of appeal of the Archbishop of Canterbury, whereof the judge, who sits as deputy to the archbishop, is called the Dean of the Arches,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arches — Arch es, pl. of {Arch}, n. [1913 Webster] {Court of arches}, or {Arches Court} (Eng. Law), the court of appeal of the Archbishop of Canterbury, whereof the judge, who sits as deputy to the archbishop, is called the Dean of the Arches, because he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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