chancery
chan·cery /'chan-sə-rē/ n [Middle English chauncery, alteration of chancellerie chancellor's office]
1 cap: the court having equity jurisdiction in England and Wales and presided over by the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain
◇ Formerly a separate court, the Chancery is now a division of the Supreme Court of Judicature in England.
cases decided in chancery
b: the principles and practice of judicial equity
court of chancery see also equity compare law
◇ There are chancery courts in Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

chancery
index equity (justice), tribunal

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


chancery
n.
Equity, or equitable jurisdiction. Court of chancery. A court of equity.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


chancery
A court of equity, in which a judge can order acts performed, such as that a contract be modified or an activity stopped. The chancery court's functions are distinct from those of common law courts, which can order money damages to be paid, and where jury trials are available. The division between chancery and equity courts is partly based on the old English legal system. However, the original reason for the division between courts, which was so that law courts could follow statutory rules and equity courts could rule on issues of fairness, has been mostly lost. Chancery courts still exist in a few U.S. states today (check with the individual court for an exact list of what types of cases it hears). In other states, chancery court functions have been merged into the regular law courts' activities.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


chancery
n.
1 The traditional name for a court of equity.
2 Equity or proceedings administered in courts of equity. Also called court of chancery.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


chancery
The old English court in which the monarch's secretary, or Chancellor, began hearing lawsuits during the fourteenth century.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


chancery
The old English court in which the monarch's secretary, or Chancellor, began hearing lawsuits during the fourteenth century.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

chancery
n.
   a court that can order acts performed. Today chancery courts are merged with law courts in most states.
   See also: equity

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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