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- In England, formerly, the highest court of judicature next to the Parliament, exercising jurisdiction at law, but chiefly in equity; but under the jurisdiction act of 1873 it became the chancery division of the High Court of Justice, and now exercises jurisdiction only in equity.
- In the Unites States, a court of equity; equity; proceeding in equity.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Chan"cer*y (?), n. [F.
chancellerie, LL. cancellaria, from L.
cancellarius. See Chancellor, and cf.
Chancellery.] 1. In England,
formerly, the highest court of judicature next to the Parliament,
exercising jurisdiction at law, but chiefly in equity; but under
the jurisdiction act of 1873 it became the chancery division of
the High Court of Justice, and now exercises jurisdiction only in
2. In the Unites States, a court of
equity; equity; proceeding in equity.
&fist; A court of chancery, so far as it is a court of equity,
in the English and American sense, may be generally, if not
precisely, described as one having jurisdiction in cases of
rights, recognized and protected by the municipal jurisprudence,
where a plain, adequate, and complete remedy can not be had in
the courts of common law. In some of the American States,
jurisdiction at law and in equity centers in the same tribunal.
The courts of the United States also have jurisdiction both at
law and in equity, and in all such cases they exercise their
jurisdiction, as courts of law, or as courts of equity, as the
subject of adjudication may require. In others of the American
States, the courts that administer equity are distinct tribunals,
having their appropriate judicial officers, and it is to the
latter that the appellation courts of chancery is usually
applied; but, in American law, the terms equity and
court of equity are more frequently employed than the
corresponding terms chancery and court of chancery.
Inns of chancery. See under
Inn. -- To get (or to hold) In
chancery (Boxing), to get the head of an
antagonist under one's arm, so that one can pommel it with the
other fist at will; hence, to have wholly in One's power. The
allusion is to the condition of a person involved in the chancery
court, where he was helpless, while the lawyers lived upon his
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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