Legal Definition and Related Resources of Parish

Meaning of Parish

A district of certain limits which can be altered without legal enactment . Chicago & M. W. Ry. Co. v Town of Oconto, 6 N. W. 607, 50 Wis. 189. Generally, it is a corporation established for the maintenance of public worship , its powers being limited for that object . Its geographical limits may or may not correspond with that of a town, city or village . An administrative district of various churches, especially a part of a diocese , under the charge of a priest or minister ; the members of the congregation of any church , without regard to the territory in which they live; congregation; the territory in which the members of a congregation live. See In re Freshour’s estate , 345 P.2d 689, 185 Kan. 434. In Louisianna, a civil division corresponding to a county in other States. See attorney GeneraI v City of Detroit ComÂmon council , 70 N. W. 450, 112 Mich. 145.

Parish Alternative Definition

A district of country, of different extents. In Ecclesiastical Law. The territory committed to the charge of a parson, or vicar, or other minister. Ayliffe, Par. 404; 2 Bl. Comm. 112. In Louisiana. Divisions corresponding to counties. The state is divided into parishes. In New England. Divisions of a town, originally territorifll, but which now constitute quasi’ corporations, consisting of those connected with a certain church. See 2 Mass. 601; 7 Mass. 447; 16 Mass. 457, 488, 492 et seq.; 1 Picfl. (Mass.) 91.

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Parish in Historical Law

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

Greek paroikía, neighborhood, district. 1. A circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having the cure of souls therein. 1 Bl. Com. 111. Whence parochial. 2. In Louisiana, a division of the State known elsewhere as a “county”.

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

Parish in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of parish.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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Concept of Parish in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Parish: A political division in Louisiana, comparable to a county.

Concept of Parish in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Parish: A political division in Louisiana, comparable to a county.



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