Trial by inspection
Inspection In*spec"tion, n. [L. inspectio: cf. F. inspection.] 1. The act or process of inspecting or looking at carefully; a strict or prying examination; close or careful scrutiny; investigation. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

With narrow search, and with inspection deep, Considered every creature. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of overseeing; official examination or superintendence. [1913 Webster]

{Trial by inspection} (O. Eng. Law), a mode of trial in which the case was settled by the individual observation and decision of the judge upon the testimony of his own senses, without the intervention of a jury. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • trial by inspection — A trial by the judges, not by a jury, of some single matter which was obvious to sight. Roberts v Ogdensburgh & Lake Champlain Railroad Co. (NY) 29 Hun 154, 156. In former times, the English courts of common law might, if they saw fit, try by… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • trial by inspection — A mode of trial formerly in use in England, by which the judges of a court decided a point in dispute, upon the testimony of their own senses, without the intervention of a jury. This took place in cases where the fact upon which issue was taken… …   Black's law dictionary

  • trial by inspection — A mode of trial formerly in use in England, by which the judges of a court decided a point in dispute, upon the testimony of their own senses, without the intervention of a jury. This took place in cases where the fact upon which issue was taken… …   Black's law dictionary

  • trial by inspection — a trial of a case formerly settled by the individual observation and decision of the judge upon the testimony of his own senses without the intervention of a jury …   Useful english dictionary

  • trial by the court — A trial held before one or more judges without a jury. Air way Electric Appliance Corp. v Day, 266 US 42, 70, 69 L Ed 162, 169, 45 S Ct 18. See trial by inspection …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Trial by record — Record Rec ord (r[e^]k [ e]rd), n. [OF. recort, record, remembrance, attestation, record. See {Record}, v. t.] 1. A writing by which some act or event, or a number of acts or events, is recorded; a register; as, a record of the acts of the Hebrew …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trial by record — a trial in which a matter of record is pleaded and in which the opposite party pleads that there is no such record and which involves inspection of the record itself and no other evidence compare nul tiel record * * * trial by record (obsolete) A …   Useful english dictionary

  • inspection, trial by — A mode of trial formerly in use in England, by which the judges of a court decided a point in dispute, upon the testimony of their own senses, without the intervention of a jury. This took place in cases where the fact upon which issue was taken… …   Black's law dictionary

  • inspection, trial by — A mode of trial formerly in use in England, by which the judges of a court decided a point in dispute, upon the testimony of their own senses, without the intervention of a jury. This took place in cases where the fact upon which issue was taken… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Inspection — In*spec tion, n. [L. inspectio: cf. F. inspection.] 1. The act or process of inspecting or looking at carefully; a strict or prying examination; close or careful scrutiny; investigation. Spenser. [1913 Webster] With narrow search, and with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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