Definition of chancery in US English:


nounPlural chanceries

  • 1US A court of equity.

    • ‘In Anglo-American law there were two court systems; the law courts and the equity or chancery courts.’
    • ‘Yet whether listening to disputes at Granada's chancery court or following bandits along Catalonia's mountain passes, the reader never loses perspective on how each example connects to the larger issues at hand.’
    • ‘The bureaucracy of the king's chancery, exchequer, and law courts expanded in the capital and, as a group of ambitious small landowners, in the neighbouring counties.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, equity and chancery courts handled the proceedings, as did colonial and state legislative bodies.’
    • ‘I have a good deal of sympathy with the writer, although no doubt if the security had been properly defined in the orders the court had previously made, chancery counsel might have shown the writer a way through the thicket.’
    • ‘Overwhelmed by circuit and chancery court lawsuits against the enterprise, he liquidated the company's assets and departed in 1886.’
    court of law, law court, bench, bar, court of justice, judicature, tribunal, forum, assizes
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    1. 1.1 Equity.
      • ‘Only a few other states have separate courts of chancery, and none specialize in corporation law the way that Delaware does.’
      • ‘I make it quite clear at the outset we do not disavow equity in the sense of chancery.’
    2. 1.2historical The court of a bishop's chancellor.
      • ‘I cannot effect the decisions that are made in Rome or in the chanceries of the US bishops too terribly much.’
    3. 1.3British Law The Lord Chancellor's court, a division of the High Court of Justice.
      • ‘Any person aggrieved by the inclusion of any land by amendment of the register has, by section 14, a right of appeal to the Chancery Division of the High Court.’
      • ‘This is an appeal with the permission of the judge against the order of Mr Garnett QC sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division.’
      • ‘Secondly, after the Judicature Acts 1873-1875 it was possible for some negligence cases to be assigned to the Chancery Division of the High Court; such cases would be heard without a jury.’
      • ‘Many of the proceedings against former employees were commenced in the Chancery Division of the High Court; but others were commenced in the Queen's Bench Division or in County Courts up and down the country.’
      • ‘This is an appeal by the claimant below, against an order of His Honour made on 12 March 2001 when he was sitting as an additional judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court.’
  • 2British An office attached to an embassy or consulate.

    • ‘The king possessed the chancery, and then the exchequer too: they were becoming busier and busier.’
    • ‘In 1979 Stagg came to Bulgaria and spent three years here as a third chancery and information secretary.’
    • ‘More than 6500 sq m of this stone material has been used in the chancery and the other embassy buildings.’
    • ‘The same evening, our Tunisian friends hosted a reception on the occasion of the opening of their new chancery and residence in Kudan.’
    • ‘The design of the proposed development would marry the old building to the new and all entertaining would be done in the chancery.’
    • ‘The police authorities promptly sent plainclothesmen to guard and protect the chancery and the residence of the Indonesian ambassador.’
    • ‘Gift said work began on the repairs and refurbishment of the chancery in September 2003 and on the repairs of the residence in January 2004.’
    • ‘The premises of a foreign chancery or embassy are not outside the territory to which the criminal law, otherwise operating in this Territory, applies.’
    • ‘I went to the opening of the new chancery and was told the upper floors were to be rented out as private offices.’
    • ‘Those outside America, in the chanceries of Europe and beyond, who hoped that this would be a passing phase, like a Florida hurricane that wreaks havoc only to blow over, will instead have to adjust to a different reality.’
  • 3A public records office.

    • ‘So there is also a kind of trial by media that is taking place before there is a trial by law: the adversarial culture of American law meets the stonewalling culture of the chancery office.’
    • ‘The survival of chancery records from 1199 onwards permits historians to look, for the first time, into the daily routine of the king's government at work.’
    record office, registry, repository, museum
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Late Middle English: contraction of chancellery.