Definition of church court in US English:

church court

noun

  • 1Any of the governing bodies under the Presbyterian system of ecclesiastical polity, having both administrative and judicial functions.

  • 2Generally. An ecclesiastical court, having jurisdiction over spiritual or religious matters, such as offences against canon law or church doctrine.

Origin

Mid 16th century. From church + court.

Pronunciation

church court

/ˈtʃəːtʃ kɔːt/