Definition of prerogative court in US English:

prerogative court


  • (in the UK) either of two ecclesiastical courts at Canterbury and York formerly responsible for the probate of wills involving property in more than one diocese.

    • ‘Arbitrary high courts disappeared and Charles I's prerogative courts were not revived.’
    • ‘During 1640-41, Charles I's prerogative courts were abolished, his ministers arrested or forced to flee, and his unpopular financial expedients declared illegal.’
    • ‘Subsequently, the prerogative courts were abolished in 1641.’