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oyer and terminer


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law A hearing or trial.
  • n. Law A court of general criminal jurisdiction in some states of the United States.
  • n. A commission empowering a judge in Great Britain to hear and rule on a criminal case at the assizes.
  • n. The court in Great Britain where such a hearing is held.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A commission under which a court is empowered to hear and determine a criminal case.
  • n. The hearing or trial carried out under such authority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a term used in England in commissions directed to judges of assize about to hold court, directing them to hear and determine cases brought before them. In the U.S. the phrase is used to designate certain criminal courts.


Middle English, partial translation of Anglo-Norman oyer et terminer, to hear and determine : oyer, to hear + terminer, to determine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • All persons are tryed by those of their own ranke a Commoner of England is tryed by a Jury of Commoners in all Cases and of Life and death, a peer of England is tryed by his Peers, and in case it is not the tyme of ye Parliament sitting, then by a bill of oyer and terminer issued out, there is 12 Peers are jmpannell'd as a jury.

    Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary


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