Legal Definition and Related Resources of Crown

Meaning of Crown

An ornamental badge of regal power worn on the head by the sovereign . Also frequently used to refer to the sovereign; to certain executive branches of the government .

Related Entries of Crown in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

Browse or run a search for Crown in the American Encyclopedia of Law, the Asian Encyclopedia of Law, the European Encyclopedia of Law, the UK Encyclopedia of Law or the Latin American and Spanish Encyclopedia of Law.

Crown in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Crown in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

The sovereign; the royal power: also, that which concerns or pertains to the ruling power – the king or queen.

Note: This legal definition of Crown in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

Crown in Law Enforcement

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


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  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Policeman
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Crown

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Crown :

The office (a *corporation sole) in which supreme power in the UK is legally vested. The person filling it at any given time is referred to as the sovereign (a king or queen: See also Queen). The title to the Crown is hereditary and its descent is governed by the Act of Settlement 1701 as amended by His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 (which excluded Edward VIII and his descendants from the line of succession). The majority of governmental powers in the UK are now conferred by statute directly on ministers, the judiciary, and other persons and bodies, but the sovereign retains a limited number of common law functions (known as *royal prerogatives) that, except in exceptional circumstances, can be exercised only in accordance with ministerial advice. In practice it is the minister. and not the sovereign, who today carries out these common law powers and is said to be the Crown when so doing. At common law the Crown could not be sued in tort, but the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 enabled civil actions to be taken against the Crown (See Crown proceedings). It is still not possible to sue the sovereign personally.

Concept of “Corona, Crown”

Traditional meaning of corona, crown in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) Placita coronae: pleas of the crown; criminal actions.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Corona, Crown”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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