(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.
- Subsequently, the prerogative courts were abolished in 1641.
- 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.
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