Assize



Usually, assizes. a trial session, civil or criminal, held periodically in specific locations in England, usually by a judge of a superior court.
an edict, ordinance, or enactment made at a session of a legislative assembly.
an inquest before members of a jury or assessors; a judicial inquiry.
an action, writ, or verdict of an assize.
judgment:
the last assize; the great assize.
a statute for the regulation and control of weights and measures or prices of general commodities in the market.
Historical Examples

I shall attend to give evidence at the assize with Mr. Edwards.
Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) Francis Trevithick

The trial came on at the Court of assize about six weeks ago.
Fantmas Pierre Souvestre

If ignorance would look upon its own degradation, let it spend a few hours in an assize court.
The History Of The Last Trial By Jury For Atheism In England George Jacob Holyoake

Nearly every assize is marked by a charge of this character.
Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments Various

It weigheth thirteen pounds, with their assize, being only weighed by the gesse of the hands it seemeth much heavier.’
A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

Into the details of the “assize of Arms” it is unnecessary here to enter.
Freedom In Service Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw

Just send me before the assize Court, so that I may tell the judge a few tales that will make them laugh.
The Fortune of the Rougons Emile Zola

The names of the jurymen who were to be called on to serve at the assize had been published.
A Book of Remarkable Criminals H. B. Irving

The assize sermons of Charles I.’s reign were frequently seasoned with such animadversions.
A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson

After the dissolution it was used as the assize Court, and subsequently as a prison.
The Cathedrals of Great Britain P. H. Ditchfield

noun
(in the US)

a sitting of a legislative assembly or administrative body
an enactment or order of such an assembly

(English history) a trial or judicial inquest, the writ instituting such inquest, or the verdict
(Scots law)

trial by jury
another name for jury1

n.

“session of a law court,” c.1300 (attested from mid-12c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French assise “session, sitting of a court” (12c.), properly fem. past participle of asseoir “to cause to sit,” from Latin assidere (see assess). Originally “all legal proceedings of the nature of inquests or recognitions;” hence sessions held periodically in each county of England to administer civil and criminal justice.

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