Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a hearing or trial of causes.
- n. The production of a document or copy of a document which an adversary has mentioned in his pleading; anciently, the hearing of the reading of such document. In early times often called oyer and determiner.
- n. law, archaic A hearing in a civil case which is based on the content of a document, in which the plaintiff is required to produce the document.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) A hearing or an inspection, as of a deed, bond, etc., .
“Mr. Rich, as solicitor general, I appoint you and Mr. Cromwell to head a commission of oyer and terminer to investigate whether these offenses be true.”
“In 1683, Governor Dongan appointed him a judge of the court of oyer and terminer.161 In Massachusetts, too, most good lawyers in the generation after 1690 at one time or another held appointive office.162”
“In Delaware, there were courts of oyer and terminer, and courts of general sessions and jail delivery.”
“Some colonies borrowed from the English the idea of roving courts—courts of oyer and terminer and general gaol delivery.”
“As the century progressed, the legal regime in Newfoundland was expanded to include customs officers (1739) and courts of vice-admiralty (1736), oyer and terminer (1750), and common pleas (1789).”
“On the other hand, the commissions of oyer and terminer were not known for their objectivity.”
“What Raleigh faced was actually a “special commission of oyer and terminer.””
“You can get the place all dressed up but a Swell house only really comes alive once you have people oyer to dive into your punch bowl.”
“Keep the cold out oyer Monk handed him threepence and took the generous slice.”
“ Some of the fishers fled their boats, but other remained long enough to see the great serpentine heads of the dragon engines burst from the gray waters of the Mardun and tower oyer Kroog's docks.”
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