Encyclopedia > Ecclesiastical court

  Article Content

Ecclesiastical court

Ecclesiastical court (also called "Courts Christian") is a generic name for certain courts having jurisdiction mainly in spiritual or religious matters. In the middle ages in many areas of Europe these courts had much wider powers than before the development of nation states as they were experts in interpreting canon law the basis of which was the Corpus Juris Civilis of Justinian which is considered the source of the civil law legal tradition.

The Ecclesiastical Courts are a system of courts in England, held by authority of the Crown and having jurisdiction over the over matters dealing with ritual of the Church of England and the rights and obligations of church persons, now limited to controversies in areas of church property and ecclesiastical disciplinary proceedings. In England these courts, unlike common law courts are based upon and operate under civil law and canon law.

The names of these courts are:



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Enigmatology

... construction of puzzles. Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times, is only one person to have graduated with a degree in enigmatology from the ...