A commission issued to judges on a circuit to hold courts: a court of oyer and terminer
More example sentences
- Following the outbreak of witchcraft accusations in Salem, Phips appointed Stoughton chief justice of the newly formed court of oyer and terminer.
- At first in the General Eyre and later under the commissions of oyer and terminer and gaol delivery, they would hear criminal cases.
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French oyer et terminer 'hear and determine'.
Definition of oyer and terminer in:
- The US English dictionary