Definition of STAR CHAMBER,


STAR CHAMBER,

Eng. law. A court which formerly had great
jurisdiction and power, but which was abolished by stat. 16, C. I., c. 10, on
account of its usurpations and great unpopularity. It consisted of several of
the lords spir-itual and temporal, being privy counsellors, together with two
judges of the courts of common law, without the intervention of a jury. Their
legal jurisdiction extended over riots, perjuries, mishehaviour of public
officers, and other great misdemeanors. The judges afterwards assumed powers,
and stretched those they possessed to the utmost bounds of legality. 4 Bl. Com.
264.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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