court of equity
court of equity often cap C&E: a court having jurisdiction over suits in equity and administering justice and providing remedies according to the rules and principles of equity compare court of law
◇ Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure abolishes the distinction between law and equity, and therefore there are no longer courts of equity in the federal system.

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

court of equity
n.
A court that hears cases in equity, particularly cases that would not have a suitable remedy at law; most states no longer have courts of equity. See also chancery

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


court of equity
Courts that handle lawsuits requesting remedies other than monetary damages, such as writs, injunctions, and specific performance. Such courts existed, separate from courts of law, under English common law and in several states. Federal bankruptcy courts are an example of courts that continue to operate as courts of equity. Compare: court of law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

court of equity
n.
   originally in English common law and in several states there were separate courts (often called chancery courts) which handled lawsuits and petitions requesting remedies other than damages, such as writs, injunctions and specific performance. Gradually the courts of equity have merged with courts of law. Federal bankruptcy courts are the one example of courts which operate as courts of equity.
   See also: chancery, court of law, equity

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Court of Equity — Court Court (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co + a root akin to Gr. chorto s inclosure, feeding place, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Court of equity — See also: Court of Chancery A chancery court, equity court or court of equity is a court that is authorized to apply principles of equity, as opposed to law, to cases brought before it. These courts began with petitions to the Lord Chancellor of… …   Wikipedia

  • Court of Equity — A court which has jurisdiction in equity, which administers justice and decides controversies in accordance with the rules, principles, and precedents of equity, and which follows the forms and procedure of chancery; as distinguished from a court …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Equity — A court which has jurisdiction in equity, which administers justice and decides controversies in accordance with the rules, principles, and precedents of equity, and which follows the forms and procedure of chancery; as distinguished from a court …   Black's law dictionary

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  • court of equity — A court having jurisdiction of suits in equity and in which equitable remedies are administered. See court of conscience; equity …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • court of equity — Law. a court having jurisdiction in equity or administering justice in accordance with the principles of equity. * * * …   Universalium

  • court of equity — noun A court empowered to provide only equitable relief, but not to make rulings on questions of law, nor to award monetary damages …   Wiktionary

  • court of law — court of law: court (1); specif: a court that hears cases and decides them on the basis of statutes and common law compare court of equity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Court of Arches — Court Court (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co + a root akin to Gr. chorto s inclosure, feeding place, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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