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INQUISITION, practice. An examination of certain facts by a jury impanelled by the sheriff for the purpose; the instrument of writing on which their decision is made is also called an inquisition. The sheriff or coroner and the jury who make the inquisition, are called the inquest.
     2. An inquisition on an untimely death, if omitted by the coroner, may be taken by justices of gaol delivery and oyer and terminer. or of the peace, but it must be done publicly and openly, otherwise it will be quashed. Inquisitions either of the coroner, or of the other jurisdictions, are traversable. 1 Burr. 18, 19.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The niece's comment here recalls the initial scrutiny of Don Quijote's library in the first part of the novel (I, 6), which similarly employed language and imagery borrowed from inquisitional proceedings.
Well-meaning lawyers prefer the inquisitional system in the courts of France and much of Europe using these procedures based on Roman law.
(157.) See Slobogin, supra note 63, at 719-20 (noting that "[a]n inquisitional judge must be able to plan the trial, conduct much of the questioning, and ensure that witnesses are handled in as objective a fashion as possible," but also arguing, based on evidence from various settings, that American judges are up to the task); Gordon Van Kessel, Adversary Excesses in the American Criminal Trial, 67 NOTRE DAME L.
The composition of the NMA was not discussed in the draft; nor were the Assembly's selection procedures, powers, duties or "inquisitional method", all of which were to be specified in future secondary legislation.
Pakistan is a land of promise and tremendous development possibilities by virtue of its unique geographical location, fast inquisitional talents of its people, and richness of natural and cultural resources.
There is something vaguely inquisitional about the framing of these questions, and suspicion falls upon any applicant who diverts from the official line.
Oetgen found the coronial process both inquisitional and adversarial.
In 1715, Peter the Great approved the Brief Description for Case Consideration process, which affirmed an inquisitional type of consideration for criminal cases.
Finally, this type of inquisitional purge will do nothing to help Catholic seminarians and priests develop a healthy integration of sexuality and spirituality.
The speakers of these texts also propose salutary alternatives that would have bettered the lives of Old and New Christians alike, such as valuing virtuous actions over lineage, introducing greater transparency to inquisitional procedure, and eliminating the hypocrisy of false appearances.