Oyer and terminer

Oyer and terminer
Oyer O"yer, n. [Anglo F., a hearing, from OF. o["i]r, F. ou["i]r, to hear, L. audire. See {Audible}.] (Law) A hearing or an inspection, as of a deed, bond, etc., as when a defendant in court prays oyer of a writing. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

{Oyer and terminer} (Law), a term used in England in commissions directed to judges of assize about to hold court, directing them to hear and determine cases brought before them. In the U.S. the phrase is used to designate certain criminal courts. [1913 Webster]

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  • Oyer and terminer — Oyer redirects here. For the municipality in Norway, see Øyer. In English law, Oyer and terminer (a partial translation of the Anglo French oyer et terminer which literally means to hear and determine [1]) was the Law French name, meaning to hear …   Wikipedia

  • oyer and terminer — to hear and determine , now obsolete, the commission given to judges of the assize. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001. oyer and terminer (French …   Law dictionary

  • oyer and terminer — [ō′yər and tʉr′mi nər, oi′ərand tʉr′mi nər] n. [ME, for Anglo Fr oyer et terminer, lit., to hear and determine] 1. a commission issued to English judges authorizing them to hear and determine criminal cases at the assizes 2. formerly in the U.S …   English World dictionary

  • Oyer and terminer — Este artículo o sección sobre derecho necesita ser wikificado con un formato acorde a las convenciones de estilo. Por favor, edítalo para que las cumpla. Mientras tanto, no elimines este aviso puesto el 4 de junio de 2008. También puedes ayudar… …   Wikipedia Español

  • oyer and terminer — /oyar an tarmanar/ A half French phrase applied in England to the assizes, which are so called from the commission of oyer and terminer directed to the judges, empowering them to inquire, hear, and determine all treasons, felonies, and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • oyer and terminer — noun Etymology: Middle English, part translation of Anglo French oyer et terminer, literally, to hear and determine Date: 15th century 1. a commission authorizing a British judge to hear and determine a criminal case at the assizes 2. a high… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oyer and terminer — [ˌɔɪə(r) ən(d) tə:mɪnə] noun historical a commission issued to judges on a circuit to hold courts. Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr. oyer et terminer hear and determine …   English new terms dictionary

  • oyer and terminer — n. hist. a commission issued to judges on a circuit to hold courts. Etymology: ME f. AF oyer et terminer f. L audire hear + et and + terminare determine …   Useful english dictionary

  • oyer and terminer — o•yer and ter•mi•ner [[t]ˈoʊ yər ən ˈtɜr mə nər, ˈɔɪ ər[/t]] n. 1) law (in some U.S. states) any of various higher criminal courts 2) brit. law a) a British commission or writ directing the holding of a court to try offenses b) the court itself • …   From formal English to slang

  • oyer and terminer — /terr meuh neuhr/, Law. 1. (in some U.S. states) any of various higher criminal courts. 2. Brit. a. a commission or writ directing the holding of a court to try offenses. b. the court itself. [1375 1425; late ME < AF: lit., to hear and determine] …   Universalium

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