Legal Definition and Related Resources of Oyez

Meaning of Oyez

(Fr. hear ye). The introduction to any proclamation or advertisement by public crier. It is wrongly and usually pronounced oh yes. 4 Bl. Comm. 340, note. p. H. V.


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Also Oyes. Norm. French oyez; oyer, to hear. Hear ye! Give heed; attend. Public criers began by exclaiming oyez, – corrupted into O yes! Still used by the criers of courts to command attention when a proclamation is about to be made. See 4 Bl. Com. 269.

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




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