Court Baron

  Court Baron, Curia Baronis, Is a Court that every Lord of a mannor (which in ancient Times were call'd Barons) hath within his own Precincts. Barons in other Nations have great Territories and Jurisdictions from their Sovereign: but here in England, what they be, and have been heretofore, see in Baron,  Of this Court and of a Court-Leet, you may read at large in Kitchin, who hath writ a whole Book of them.
  Co. 4. Rep. among his Copy-hold Cases, fol. 26, b. saith, That this Court is two-fold; as if a Man having a Mannor in a Town, to grant the Inheritance of the Copy-holders thereunto belonging to another; This Grantee may keep a Court for the Costomary [sic] Tenants, and accept Surrenders to the use of others, and make both Admittances and Grants. The other Court is of Free-holders, which is properly call'd The Court-Baron, wherein the Suitors, that is, the Free-holders, be Judges, whereas of the other the Lord, or his Steward, is Judge.

Source: A Law Dictionary: or, the Interpreter of Words and Terms, Used either in the Common or Statute Laws of that Part of Great Britain, call'd England; and in Tenures and Jocular Customs. London: printed for D. Browne, 1708.

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