RECOGNITORS, Eng. law. The name by which the jurors impanelled on an assize are known. Barnet v. Ihrie, 17 S. & R. 174.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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To prevent abuses, Henry II invented the writ 'de odio et atia,' by which a person could avoid trial by battle by submitting the question of whether the accuser had brought the appeal 'from hatred and malice' to the verdict of recognitors.' The writ effectively substituted a sort of trial by jury for the trial by battle.