Court of king's bench

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COURT OF KING'S BENCH. The name of the supreme court of law in England. Vide King's Bench.

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31) The Boumediene majority suggests that there is no evidence that Lord Mansfield or the other judges of the Court of King's Bench were applying the requirements of the law.
When Henry, vicar of Swalcliffe appeared before the court of King's Bench in 1388 to respond to allegations of abducting Alice wife of John Wyatt and goods belonging to her husband, the story he presented demonstrates that some husbands might have reacted violently to the very suggestion of desertion on these grounds.
This was especially true of the Court of King's Bench, which had settled permanently at Westminster and which could not ordinarily entertain writs of debt or other suits between private individuals--over which the Court of Common Pleas held exclusive jurisdiction.
By the 16th century these two exceptions provided a loophole sufficiently large that a substantial number of legal actions via bill were undertaken in the Court of King's Bench, including actions for debt and covenant, which, being private, were ordinarily the prerogative of the Court of Common Pleas.
Coke was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas in 1606 by James I and, in 1613, was transferred to the position of Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench in the hope that he would be more sympathetic to the prerogatives claimed by the king.
However, it was not legally abolished until a gauntlet was thrown into a startled court of King's Bench in 1818 (Ashford v.
From this principle alone the court of king's bench in England derives the power of issuing the writs of mandamus and prohibition.
issuing out of the court of king's bench not only in term-time, but also during the vacation, by a flat from the chief justice or any other of the judges, and running into all parts of the king's dominions: for the king is at all times entitled to have an account, why the liberty of any of his subjects is restrained, wherever that restraint may be inflicted.
In England, the Court of King's Bench has a superintendence over all courts of an inferior criminal jurisdiction, and may, by the plenitude of its power, award a certiorari to have any indictment removed and brought before it; and where such certiorari is allowable, it is awarded at the instance of the king, because every indictment is at the suit of the king, and he has a prerogative of suing in whatever court he pleases.
Treating the Court of King's Bench power to review justice of the peace behavior, he concludes that misbehaving rural justices were rarely constrained when they abused their power.
For several decades interpretive studies have been moving away from the centre and into the counties, boroughs and parishes of England, but two aspects of Halliday's study offer something new: his view of partisan politics from the towns themselves, and his extensive case studies based on rarely used sources drawn from rolls and order books of the Court of King's Bench which adjudicated legal concerns issuing forth from corporations.
London and Middlesex, KB 15/22, 1736-1745; Court of King's Bench Crown Side.