Court Of Arches

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Meaning of Court of arches

(Law Lat. curia de arcubus). In English ecclesiastical law. A court of appeal, and of original jurisdiction. The most ancient consistory court belonging to the archbishop of Canterbury for the trial of spiritual causes, the judge of which is called the “dean of the arches,” because he anciently held his court in the church of St. Mary le Bow (Sancta Maria de Arcubus, literally, “St. Mary of Arches”), so named from the style of its steeple, which is raised upon pillars built archwise, like so many bent bows. Termes de la Ley. It is now held, as are also the other spiritual courts, in the hall belonging to the College of Civilians, commonly called “Doctors’ Commons.” 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 ofBcial, the judge of the arches, in right of such added office, receives and determines appeals from the sentences of all inferior ecclesiastical courts within the province. 3 Bl. Comm. 64; 3 Steph. Comm. 431; Wharton, “Arches Court.”


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Court of Arches in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of Court of Arches. This legal term is related to the United Kingom and/or the English Legal System.


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English Legal System: Court of Arches

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Court of Arches : The ecclesiastical court of appeal from the consistory court (See ecclesiastical courts), which has the jurisdiction of the former provincial Court of Archbishop of Canterbury. The judge of the court, the Dean of Arches, hears appeals from bishops or their chancellors, deans and chapters, and archdeacons. The court’s name is derived from its original location, the church of St Mary-le-Bow, whose steeple was erected upon arches.

Meaning of Court of Arches in the Past

The most ancient consistory court belonging to the archbishop of Canterbury for the trial of spiritual causes. It is so called, because it was anciently held in the church of Saint Mary le bow; which church had that appellation from its steeple, which was raised at the top with stone pillars, in the way of an arch or bow. Termes de la Ley. [1]


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  1. Partialy, this information about court of arches is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including court of arches.

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