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[Latin, Court.] A judicial tribunal or court convened in the sovereign's palace to dispense justice. A court that exercised jurisdiction over civil matters, as distinguished from religious matters, which were determined by ecclesiastical courts, a system of courts in England that were held by authority of the sovereign and had jurisdiction over matters concerning the religion and ritual of the established church.

In England the tribunal of the king's justice was the curia regis, so named because the king originally presided over its proceedings.

See: bar, board, court

CURIA. A court of justice.

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The MP said: "The support Marie Curie nurses do on a day to day basis for those living with incurable diseases and their families is incredible.
Last year, Marie Curie cared for and supported more than 8,000 people affected by terminal illness across Scotland.
We hope that putting the Marie Curie daffodil at the heart of our Christmas celebrations will encourage people to make a donation to help continue the valuable work done by Marie Curie.
Curie Nurse Christie Whilst Ruth was not working for Marie Curie at the time, she does now work alongside some of the nurses who cared for her aunty, and will always be very grateful for the care and support they gave.
Publicizing the significant and generous openness of the famous physicist, Meloney stressed both the exceptional intellectual achievements of the two-time Nobel Prize winner and the petites curies, mobile x-ray units that had been deployed at the front lines during World War I, with Curie herself involved in training soldiers how to use them.
Marie Curie has enjoyed a hugely successful partnership with the Belfast City Marathon (including the Half Marathon) organisers.
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Marie Curie was born Maria Sklodowska in Warsaw in 1867 during a period when the Polish nation was subsumed under of the repressive regime of the Russian czars.
But in 1893 Sklodowska was able to enroll at the world-famous Sorbonne in Paris where she met her husband, Pierre Curie, and adopted the French equivalent of her name (Marie).
Through her remarkable achievements in the male-dominated field of the physical sciences, Marie Curie opened the door for a legion of other women.
Of course, Curie couldn't have foreseen that the papers documenting her life would intimidate archivists many decades after her death.
In 1898 Marie Curie showed that thorium, another heavy metal, also produced radiations, and she coined the term radioactivity for the phenomenon, so that it could be said that both uranium and thorium were radioactive.