Court of the Lord High Steward

Court of the Lord High Steward
In English law, a court formerly instituted for the trial, during the recess of parliament, of peers indicted for treason or felony, or for misprision of either. This court was not a permanent body, but was created when occasion required and for the time being, only; and the lord high steward, so constituted, with such of the temporal lords as may take the proper oath, and act, constituted the court. Privilege of peerage was abolished by Sec. 30 of the Criminal Justice Act of 1948. Court of the Lord High Steward of the Universities. In English law, a court constituted for the trial of scholars or privileged persons connected with the university at Oxford or Cambridge who were indicted for treason, felony, or mayhem. 3 Bl.Comm. 83

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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