The court leet was a royal charter to summons a lord of a hundred or manor to maintain a record of legal proceedings held by his law courts. The purpose was to inspect the members of the hundreds, courts, etc. and to punish any misdemeanors by the court's officials. The steward of the leet was to make judgment and was empowered where necessary to fine or imprison any official found guilty of abusing the king's law.
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Category: Government and Law
Contributor(s): Alan Chanter
Source information: Kenyon, J.P. The Wordsworth Dictionary of British History. Wordsworth Editions, 1998.