"Court (Ecclesiastical)"

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The Encyclopedia of Ancient History
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Book Chapter

The term “ecclesiastical court” covers a range of different institutional forums within the Late Antique Christian church. Defined narrowly, the term refers to the so-called episcopalis audientia (the “bishop's hearing”); defined more generally, it can refer to any judicial forum presided over by clerics, including hearings before ecclesiastical synods and councils.

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