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The Order of the Coif

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Pages: 246

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Alexander Pulling

Excerpt from book: 75 ) CHAPTER II. THE AULA REGIA, CURIA REGIS, AND WESTMINSTER HALL. These subjects are here thrown together, though many of the topics we have to enter on are somewhat distinct from one another. " Curia Regis" was really the name given after the Conquest to the great assembly periodically called together in the Aula Regia of the Palace where the King resided at the time.1 Like the old witenagemote,2 which it superseded, the Curia Regis was presided over by the King, or his Lieutenant or Viceroy, the Justiciarius An- glice.3 The Court was attended by the King's ministers and great officers of State, the Chancellor, the Constable, the Marshall, the Lord Steward, and the Chamberlain, as well as by the Barons of the Realm, and the sages of the law, the Justicers, or Judges and Serjeants, and for upwards of two centuries after the Conquest this Curia Regis constituted the great Tribunal of the Kingdom, like the Parlement de Paris, invested with functions and powers, both judicial and legislative, a jurisdiction in civil as well as criminal cases, and in reference to 1 See Bracton, lib. 3, tit. 1, de actionibus, p. 161 of the edition by Sir Travers Twiss, quoted more at length, post, p. 77. The witenagemote seems to have been not only a gathering of the witen for the affairs of the state, but for redress of private grievances, forming the chief tribunal in both civil and criminal matters. See Lambard, Arch. 57, Madox, Exch. 7. :l See on this 3 Blackstone's Com. 37, May's ' Law of Parliament,' c. 19. Ancient petitions for redress of grievances. legislation, the duty of dealing with the petitions for redress of grievances, and recording the ordinances made on the occasion.1 We have evidence of the recognition of the powers of the great Tribunal we are speaki...  


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