Recognitors

RECOGNITORS, Eng. law. The name by which the jurors impanelled on an assize are known. Barnet v. Ihrie, 17 S. & R. 174.

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To prevent abuses, Henry II invented the writ 'de odio et atia,' by which a person could avoid trial by battle by submitting the question of whether the accuser had brought the appeal 'from hatred and malice' to the verdict of recognitors.