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  • proper n. The superior court in a number of jurisdictions in some parts of the Commonwealth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Formerly, the highest court of common law in England; -- so called because the king used to sit there in person. It consisted of a chief justice and four puisne, or junior, justices. During the reign of a queen it was called the Queen's Bench. Its jurisdiction was transferred by the judicature acts of 1873 and 1875 to the high court of justice created by that legislation.


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