Court of conscience

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COURT OF CONSCIENCE, Eng. law. The name of a court in London. It has equity jurisdiction in certain cases. The reader is referred to Bac. Ab. Courts in London, 2.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The trial of public servants in our respective court of conscience should be based on the yard stick of ethical utilitarian moral theory.
Court of Conscience benefits greatly from the contribution of Within Temptation duo Ruud Jolie, who produced it, and Stefan Helleblad, who mixed it, and the band, predictably enough, are delighted with how it all turned out.
With the help of Ruud and Stefan we were able to achieve this and feel that Court of Conscience captured the Winter in Eden vibe perfectly," she says.
They are desperate to avoid conviction in the court of conscience, lest they have to acknowledge a still higher court, the court that will sit at the end of the age.
While no single factor led to the substantial decline of participation in the sacrament of confession, O'Toole identifies the major components of this phenomenon in the section titled, "In the Court of Conscience: American Catholics and Confession, 1900-1975." O'Toole points to fear, uneasiness in cross-gender dialogue, and an implied message of the Second Vatican Council for the reduction of confessions.
(15) Later, in the seventeenth century, the "father of modern equity", Lord Nottingham, was still regularly invoking conscience, (16) and referring to Chancery as a "court of conscience".
Simpson gives a sketch of "conscience" in the fifteenth-century Court of Chancery, (30) which is worth summarizing here, partly to remind ourselves of how remote from our own conceptions that "court of conscience" was, and partly to set the stage for later developments.
But Simpson goes on to describe more particularly what this focus of inquiry entailed--and here its peculiarity becomes striking: For to a fifteenth-century ecclesiastic, sitting as a judge of conscience, in a court of conscience, to apply the law of conscience "for the love of God and in way of charity", "conscience" did not connote, though it included, some principle of injurious reliance or good faith.
What it suggests is a picture of a "court of conscience" in which the focus was on the condition of the respondent's soul, and in which this inquiry was carried out by persons regarded as having authoritative insight into such matters, or having access to authoritative sources of such insight.
'The court of public opinion is a court of conscience and morality.
Mahatma Gandhi once said that there is a higher court above the court of justice, and that is the court of conscience. But, as things stand, even if our politicians are made to face the court of conscience, they are adept in finding the loopholes.
He gave up even that profession saying, 'There is a higher court than the courts of justice, and that is the court of conscience.' Gandhiji went on to practise the same principle in the court of his conscience by plunging himself into the midst of the masses for India's freedom.