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custos rotulorum Line breaks: cus¦tos ro¦tu|lorum
Pronunciation: /ˌkʌstɒs ˌrəʊtjʊˈlɔːrəm/

Definition of custos rotulorum in English:

noun (plural custodes rotulorum kʌˈstəʊdiːz)

(In England and Wales) the principal Justice of the Peace of a county, who has nominal custody of the records of the commission of the peace. The function is usually fulfilled by the Lord Lieutenant.
Example sentences
  • The importance of the offices of lord lieutenant and custos rotulorum lay beyond the nature of their immediate functions.
  • The custos rotulorum also appointed the clerk of the peace, who advised the justices on legal matters beyond the scope of the quorum.
  • The play begins with Justice Shallow aggrieved by Falstaff and his men; accompanied by his cousin Slender, he explains to Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh parson, how he will take the matter to the highest court (the Star Chamber), and declines his ranks and titles (including keeper of the rolls, custos rotulorum).



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