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CHIEF
principal. One who is put above the rest; as, chief magistrate chief justice : it also signifies the best of a number of things. It is frequently... more

CHIEF CLERK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
This officer is appointed by the secretary of state; his duties are to attend to the business of the ofFice under the superintendence of the secretary;... more

CHIEF JUSTICE
officer. The president of a supreme court; as the chief justice of the United States, the chief justice of Pennsylvania, and the -like. Vide 15 Vin. Ab.... more

CHIEF JUSTICIARY
An officer among the English, established soon after the conquest. 2. He had judicial power, and sat as a judge in the Curia Regis. (q.... more

CHILD, CHILDREN
domestic relations. A child is the son or daughter in relation to the father or mother. 2. We will here consider the law, in general terms,... more

CHILDISHNESS
Weakness of intellect, such as that of a child. 2. When the childishness is so great that a man has lost his memory, or is... more

CHIMIN
This is a corruption of the French word chemin, a highway. It is used by old writers. Com. Dig. Chimin.... more

CHINESE INTEREST
Interest for money charged in China. In a case where a note was given in China, payable eighteen months after date, without, any stipulation respecting interest,... more

CHIROGRAPH
conveyancing. Signifies a deed or public instrument in writing. Chirographs were anciently attested by the subscription and crosses of witnesses; afterwards, to prevent frauds and concealments, deeds... more

CHIROGRAPHER
A word derived from the Greek, which signifies "a writing with a man"s hand." A chirographer is an officer of the English court of C. P.who... more

CHIVALRY
ancient Eng. law. This word is derived from the French chevelier, a horseman. It is. the name of a tenure of land by knight"s service. Chivalry was... more

CHOICE
Preference either of a person or thing, to one of several other persons or things. Election. (q. v.)... more

CHOSE
property. This is a French word, signifying thing. In law, it is applied to personal property; as choses in possession, are such personal things of which one... more

CHRISTIANITY
The religion established by Jesus Christ. 2. Christianity has been judicially declared to be a part of the common law of Pennsylvania; 11 Serg. &... more

CHURCH
In a moral or spiritual sense this word signifies a society of persons who profess the Christian religion; and in a physical or material sense, the... more

CHURCH-WARDEN
An officer whose duties are, as the name implies, to take care of, or guard the church. 2. These officers are created in some ecclesiastical... more

CINQUE PORTS
Eng. law. Literally, five ports. The name by which tho five ports of Hastings, Ramenhale, Hetha or Hethe, Dover, and Sandwich, are known. 2. These ports have... more

CIPHER
An arithmetical character, used for numerical notation. Vide Figures, and 13 Vin. Ab. 210; 18 Eng. C. L. R. 95; 1 Ch. Cr. Law, 176.... more

CIRCUIT COURT
The name of a court of the United States, which has both civil and criminal jurisdiction. In several of the states there are courts which bear... more

CIRCUITY OFACTION
practice, remedies. It is where a party, by bringing an action, gives an action to the defendant against him. 2. As, supposing the obligee of a... more

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