What is DUCHY COURT OF LANCASTER? Definition of DUCHY COURT OF LANCASTER in Black's Law Dictionary – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.
A tribunal of special jurisdiction, held before the chancellor of the duchy, or his deputy, concerning all matters of equity relating to lands holden of the crown in right of the duchy of Lancaster; which is a thing very distinct from the county palatine, (which has also its separate chancery, for sealing of writs, and the like,) and comprises much territory which lies at a vast distance from it; as particularly a very large district surrounded by the city of Westminster. The proceedings in this court are the same as were those on the equity side of the court of chancery, so that it seems not to be a court 588 DUE of record; and, indeed, it has been holden that the court of chancery has a concurrent jurisdiction with the duchy court, and may take cognizance of the same causes. Jud.Act 1873, § 18; 3 Bl. Comm. 78.
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