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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 winners of the elections--ODS and HZDS--did not have enough votes in their curias to handle majority only by themselves, but had enough seats that without them no majority could be obtained.
First, Polish clergy were forbidden to enter into direct communication with the pope and Roman curia.