Crossword clues for oyer
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Oyer \O"yer\, n. [Anglo F., a hearing, from OF. o["i]r, F.
ou["i]r, to hear, L. audire. See Audible.] (Law)
A hearing or an inspection, as of a deed, bond, etc., as when
a defendant in court prays oyer of a writing.
Oyer and terminer (Law), a term used in England in commissions directed to judges of assize about to hold court, directing them to hear and determine cases brought before them. In the U.S. the phrase is used to designate certain criminal courts.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 15c., "a hearing of causes," from Anglo-French oyer, Old French oir, from Latin audire "to hear" (see audience). Especially in phrase oyer and terminer (early 15c., but from late 13c. in Anglo-Latin and Anglo-French), literally "a hearing and determining," in England a court of judges of assize, in U.S. a higher criminal court.
n. (context legal archaic English) A hearing in a civil case which is based on the content of a document, in which the plaintiff is required to produce the document.
Usage examples of "oyer".
Ordered, that a Special Commission of Oyer and Terminer be made out to William Stoughton, John Richards, Nathaniel Saltonstall, Wait Winthrop, Bartholomew Gedney, Samuel Sewall, John Hathorne, Jonathan Corwin and Peter Sergeant, Esquires, assigning them to be justices, or any five of them.
Most important, Saltonstall withdrew from the Court of Oyer and Terminer shortly after the first trial.
Stephen Sewall, who served as clerk for the Court of Oyer and Terminer, noted that she claimed not to know John Louder.
Bishop guilty of the charges, but the Court of Oyer and Terminer could not impose a sentence because the General Court had not yet met to confirm the statute against witchcraft.
Court of Oyer and Terminer considered further trials, the jailed accused witches struggled with a host of problems.
This curious counsel reflected the attitude that the judges on the Court of Oyer and Terminer adopted.
On June 30, Sarah Good, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth How, Sarah Wildes, and Rebecca Nurse faced a Court of Oyer and Terminer that had sorted out the questions concerning proper evidence and was ready to deal firmly with the escalating threat of witchcraft.
During the June 30, August 5, September 9, and September 17 sessions of the Court of Oyer and Terminer, Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth How, Sarah Wildes, George Burroughs, John and Elizabeth Proctor, John Willard, George Jacobs, Sr.
Court of Oyer and Terminer, once Nathaniel Saltonstall left the court, doubted the veracity of the confessors.
This prevented the Court of Oyer and Terminer from trying him before a petit jury.
In anticipation of her date with the Court of Oyer and Terminer, she petitioned the judges two days earlier to contest the findings of the physical examination she had undergone on June 2.
Because he had been described by several of the afflicted and confessors as the ringleader of the witch conspiracy, a large crowd sought a place in the courtroom to watch Burroughs face the Court of Oyer and Terminer on August 5.
She submitted a poignant petition to the Court of Oyer and Terminer, not on her own behalf but rather for the others whom she believed innocent.
August, Margaret Jacobs reported to her father and the judges on the Court of Oyer and Terminer that her confession had no validity.
After an unsuccessful petition effort to save her own life, Easty drafted one last appeal to the governor and judges on the Court of Oyer and Terminer shortly before her execution on September 22.