COURT-BARON - Black's Law Dictionary

What is COURT-BARON? Definition of COURT-BARON in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.

In English law. A court which, although not one of record, is incident to every  manor, and  cannot be severed therefrom. It was ordained for the maintenance of the services and duties  stipulated for by lords of manors, and  for the purpose of determining actions of a personal nature, where the debt  or damage was under forty  shillings. Wharton; 1 Poll.  & Maitl. Hist. E. L. 580.

Customary court-baron is one appertaining entirely to copyholders. 3 Bl.Comm. 33.

Freeholders' court-baron is one held before the freeholders who owe suit and service  to the man or. It is the court-baron proper.

Coke (1st Inst. 58a) speaks of the Court Baron as being of the two natures just indicated. Blackstone, 3 Comm. 33, says  that,  though in their  nature distinct, they  are frequently  confounded together. Later writers  doubt if there were two courts; 1 Poll. & Maitl.Hist.E.L. 580.


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