Trial by certificate
Certificate Cer*tif"i*cate, n. [F. certificat, fr. LL. certificatus made certain, p. p. of certificare. See {tify}.] 1. A written testimony to the truth of any fact; as, certificate of good behavior. [1913 Webster]

2. A written declaration legally authenticated. [1913 Webster]

{Trial by certificate}, a trial which the testimony of the person certifying is the only proper criterion of the point in dispute; as, when the issue is whether a person was absent in the army, this is tried by the certificate of the proper officer in writing, under his seal. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]


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