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2.1 - Royal Courts

"The focal point of royal government was the curia regis (king's court), the body of advisors and courtiers who attended the king and supervised the administarion of the realm. It was not a specific court of law... but rather the descendant of the Anglo-Saxon witenagemot (meeting of the witan or royal advisors) and the ancestor of the king's council which later divided into parliament and the privy council." (9). The curia regis traveled with the king, and not until the second half of the twelfth century was the location for the "central" judicial business of the curia regis established at Westminster.

 


9. Baker, John H. An Introduction to English Legal History, 4th ed. London: Butterworths Lexis/Nexis, 2002 at p.17

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