apparitor


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apparitor

an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court. There remains such an official in the Anglican Church.
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Haselmayer, "The Apparitor and Chaucer's Summoner" Speculum 12 (1937): 43-57.
Haselmayer spells out the duties of the summoner's or "apparitor's" office in "The Apparitor and Chaucer's Summoner," Speculum 12 (1937): 43-57.
Generally, he was informed of suspicious behavior by court officials like the captain and the alarii or apparitors.