Definitions for oyer and terminerˈoʊ yər ən ˈtɜr mə nər, ˈɔɪ ər

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  1. oyer and terminer(Noun)

    A commission under which a court is empowered to hear and determine a criminal case.

  2. oyer and terminer(Noun)

    The hearing or trial carried out under such authority.

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  1. Oyer and terminer

    In English law, Oyer and terminer was the Law French name, meaning "to hear and determine", for one of the commissions by which a judge of assize sat. The commission was also known as audiendo et terminando. By the commission of oyer and terminer the commissioners were commanded to make diligent inquiry into all treasons, felonies and misdemeanours whatever committed in the counties specified in the commission, and to hear and determine the same according to law. The inquiry was by means of the grand jury; after the grand jury had found the bills of indictment submitted to it, the commissioners proceeded to hear and determine by means of the petit jury. The words oyer and terminer were also used to denote the court which had jurisdiction to try offences within the limits to which the commission of oyer and terminer extended.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Oyer and Terminer

    an English Court Commission to hear and determine special causes.

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