By J. S. Cockburn
This publication is essentially an account of the main commonplace and longest lived of English courts throughout the most crucial in addition to the main influential interval of its historical past. It describes all points of the court's paintings, body of workers, jurisdiction, and constitutional place, throws incidental gentle at the nature of neighborhood management and executive, and examines the thesis that the functionality of assizes was once governmental - as a primary channel of conversation among imperative govt and provincial authority - in addition to being judicial.
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Extra resources for A History of English Assizes 1558-1714
30. ' Stat. Realm, 1, 1 12. 6 The writ was so called because it ordered the sheriff to cause jurors, sum moned to be present at actions put down for trial in the central courts, to appear at Westminster before a specified day ' unless before ' [nisi prius] the circuit justices should visit his county. In practice the justices always came before the day. T H E S T R E A M S O F PARA D I S E 18 title, derived from the petty assizes,1 and this they still bear today. Thus far we have traced the development of the itinerant principle on the civil side.
9/596-7 1 1 . 3 Asz. P. 29/146/85. B. 9/650(2) ; Whitelocke, Memorials, m , 174. 4 This account draws heavily on C. A. J. Skeel, The Council in the Marches of Wales ( 1 904), and P. Williams, The Council in the Marches of Wales under Elizabeth I (Cardiff, 1958). s Monmouth was transferred from Wales to England in 1 543 : 34 & 35 Hen. VIII, c. 26. 6 Williams, Council in the Marches, 47 sqq. P. 15/14/68. See below. The English circuits r558-r7r4 37 Despite an attempt by Worcester to gain independence in 1574 the Council thereafter maintained its jurisdiction intact until the end of Elizabeth's reign.
C. 53. P. 29/233/160 ; /240/200 ; Asz. 4/23. 6 C. Coates, The History and Antiquities of Reading ( 1 802), 46! 1 The State Letters of Henry Earl of Clarendon, I (1763), 432 ; Wood's Life and Times, 111, 307. 3 In 1 596 and 1 598 the Oxford Lent assize was held at Henley-on-Thames, while at least once in the 1 68os Sir Richard Holloway, riding that circuit by virtue of a non obstante, had the assizes transferred to Wallingford, a town of which he was a recorder and his son a burgess. 12 Shrewsbury gaol was fre1 R.
A History of English Assizes 1558-1714 by J. S. Cockburn