"So that means the ball is in the mayor's court
. The man who blocked a grant to the airport to attract more holiday flights just last year," he continued.
He also revolutionised the court system and abolished the Liverpool Court of Passage (the Lord Mayor's Court
) whose history stretched back for 764 years before it ceased to exist on 31 December 1971.
After the Red Lion affray, the Norwich chamberlains and the Mayor's Court took a more rigorous approach to recording visits from patronized players than they had done for at least forty years.
The Mayor's Court Books record that only two of Queen Anne's players had arrived in Norwich by the time they were requesting permission to play on 30 March and only one of the Prince's players presented himself before the Mayor's court that day.
A case brought before the mayor's court of the City of London in 1305 notes that, because of a delay in addressing the complaint brought by William de Lyndesseye for goods worth [pounds sterling]20 that his wife had "eloigned into the houses of William de Wynchelsee," a judicial separation had been celebrated between them in the face of the Church (celebratum in facie ecclesie) and the goods had already been delivered to Alice by the undersheriff.
Thomas, ed., Calendar of Early Mayor's Court Rolls of the City of London, a.d.
The author's research is extensively based on municipal archives: including the Mayor's Court
Book, minutes of the Municipal Assembly and Quarter Sessions, Charity and Hospital accounts, plus Diocesan and Parish records.
When the players arrived at Norwich the Mayor refused them permission to play.(7) On 24 April one of the principal actors, Francis Wambus, left the Mayor's court
breathing defiance for he had the King's patent to perform in the provinces.
In the mayor's court of Exeter, 18 June 1414, one John Benet, skinner and freeman of the city, 'humiliter ...
(54) After some negotiations (unfortunately unrecorded), Benet was persuaded to make his humble submission to the mayor's court.
Thus, Mayor's courts were established as royal courts and derived power directly from the crown and not from the company.
Mayor's courts were not given a law to be applied rather they were required to adjudicate cases according to 'Justice and rights'.