What is COURT OF SWEINMOTE? Definition of COURT OF SWEINMOTE in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.
(spelled, also, Swain- mote, Swain-gemote; Saxon, swang, an attendant, a freeholder, and mote or gemote, a meeting). One of the old forest courts, held before the verderers, as judges, by the steward, thrice in every year,—the sweins or freeholders within the forest composing the jury. This court had jurisdiction to inquire into grievances and oppressions committed by the officers of the forest, and also to re- ceive and try presentments certified from the court of attachments, certifying the cause, in turn,. under the seals of the jury, in case of conviction, to the court of justice seat for the rendition of judgment. Cowell; 3 Bla. Corn. 71, 72; 3 Steph. Corn. 317, n. See Inderwick, King's Peace 150; Forest Laws.
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