Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An English court of record held in a particular hundred, lordship, or manor. before the steward of the leet, for petty offenses, indictments to higher courts, and some administrative functions. It has now fallen into general disuse.
- n. UK, law, historical A court of record held once a year, in a particular hundred, lordship, or manor, before the steward of the leet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eng. Law) A court of record held once a year, in a particular hundred, lordship, or manor, before the steward of the leet.
“In each ward was held a court-leet, or ward-mote, dating from the time of Alfred, though the actual institution of wards by that name is no later than the reign of”
“No man shall be capable of having a court-leet, or leet-men, but a proprietor, landgrave, cassique, or lord of a manor.”
“The town was said to have had a court-leet about the time of the Conquest, but the borough was first incorporated in the seventeenth century by James I.”
“A court-leet and view of frank pledge used to be held half-yearly at Easter and Michaelmas, and a court-baron in May.”
“Until 1846 three constables were chosen annually at the court-leet to govern the place, but in that year the inhabitants obtained authority from parliament to appoint twenty-seven commissioners to undertake the local government.”
“Conditions for Plantations," August 8, 1636, after providing liberally for all who brought emigrants to the colony, he directed that every one thousand acres or greater quantity so given to any adventurer "should be erected into a manor with a court-baron and court-leet to be from time to time held within every such manor respectively.”
“About the same time he was elected a burgess or town councillor, and in September 1558, and again on October 6, 1559, he was appointed one of the four petty constables by a vote of the jury of the court-leet.”
“Their compact was thus in some sort an unconscious reproduction of the laws and customs of the old-time court-leet, profoundly modified to suit the peculiar needs of backwoods life, the intensely democratic temper of the pioneers and above all the military necessities of their existence.”
“Thus in a court-leet of the manor of Hockham, held the 20th of October, 1377, no less than fourteen women were fined in the aggregate 30s. 8d., who being _brassatores vendidere servisiam_ (sic) _contra assisam_, one of these brewsters was fined as much as four shillings.”
“It was governed by a 'boroughreeve' and two constables elected annually at the court-leet.”
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