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Ecclesiastical Courts

In England, the collective classification of particular courts that exercised jurisdiction primarily over spiritual matters. A system of courts, held by authority granted by the sovereign, that assumed jurisdiction over matters concerning the ritual and religion of the established church, and over the rights, obligations, and discipline of the clergy.

ECCLESIASTICAL COURTS. English law. Courts held by the king's authority as supreme governor of the church, for matters which chiefly concern religion.
     2. There are ten courts which may be ranged under this class. 1. The Archdeacon's Court. 2. The Consistory Court. 3. The Court of Arches. 4. The Court of Peculiars. 5. The Prerogative Court. 6. The Court of Delegates, which is the great court of appeals in all ecclesiastical causes. 7. The Court of Convocation. 8. The Court of Audience. 9. The Court of Faculties. 10. The Court of Commissioners of Review.

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A explained, the argument that domestic-relations cases fall beyond the scope of Article III jurisdiction rests on the claim that English law and equity courts could not hear domestic-relations cases because the ecclesiastical courts had exclusive jurisdiction over them.
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The ecclesiastical judges also heavily influenced sexual behavior: the traditional way of betrothal by intercourse was now punished in the ecclesiastical court, which led to an increasing number of convicted women (especially when pregnant) rather than convicted men.
Drawing extensively from civil and ecclesiastical court records, Proctor (history, Denison University, Ohio) describes the experience of Mexican slaves in the 150 years preceding the Atlantic revolutions of the 19th century.
On the basis of the above evidence, it is my solemn duty to inform you that our Ecclesiastical Court has issued an edict inscribing you as a slanderer of Zion and a terrorist collaborator.
She was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court, and burned at the stake when she was nineteen years old.
A strong clericalist, Bramhall nevertheless sought to restrict some episcopal powers in order to eliminate ecclesiastical court abuses and to prevent bishops from alienating episcopal property.
Paul's (a major source of evidence), and household, monastic, parish, and ecclesiastical court records, as well as miscellaneous records (such as Stow, Strype, Machyn, and others).
So from now on, I (will) accept them in ecclesiastical court without legal representation.