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 for Court of Inquiry
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inquiry \In*quir"y\, n.; pl. Inquiries. [See Inquire.]
     [Written also enquiry.]
     1. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking
        questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.
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              He could no path nor track of foot descry,
              Nor by inquiry learn, nor guess by aim. --Spenser.
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              The men which were sent from Cornelius had made
              inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the
              gate.                                 --Acts x. 17.
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     2. Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination
        into facts or principles; research; investigation; as,
        physical inquiries.
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              All that is wanting to the perfection of this art
              will undoubtedly be found, if able men . . . will
              make inquiry into it.                 --Dryden.
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     Court of inquiry. See under Court.
     Writ of inquiry, a writ issued in certain actions at law,
        where the defendant has suffered judgment to pass against
        him by default, in order to ascertain and assess the
        plaintiff's damages, where they can not readily be
        ascertained by mere calculation. --Burrill.
     Syn: Interrogation; interrogatory; question; query; scrutiny;
          investigation; research; examination.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Court \Court\ (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL.
     cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis,
     chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng;
     co- + a root akin to Gr. chorto`s inclosure, feeding place,
     and to E. garden, yard, orchard. See Yard, and cf.
     Cohort, Curtain.]
     1. An inclosed space; a courtyard; an uncovered area shut in
        by the walls of a building, or by different building;
        also, a space opening from a street and nearly surrounded
        by houses; a blind alley.
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              The courts of the house of our God.   --Ps. cxxxv.
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              And round the cool green courts there ran a row
              Of cloisters.                         --Tennyson.
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              Goldsmith took a garret in a miserable court.
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     2. The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or other
        dignitary; a palace.
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              Attends the emperor in his royal court. --Shak.
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              This our court, infected with their manners,
              Shows like a riotous inn.             --Shak.
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     3. The collective body of persons composing the retinue of a
        sovereign or person high in authority; all the
        surroundings of a sovereign in his regal state.
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              My lord, there is a nobleman of the court at door
              would speak with you.                 --Shak.
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              Love rules the court, the camp, the grove. --Sir. W.
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     4. Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as,
        to hold a court.
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              The princesses held their court within the fortress.
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     5. Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or
        address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners;
        civility; compliment; flattery.
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              No solace could her paramour intreat
              Her once to show, ne court, nor dalliance.
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              I went to make my court to the Duke and Duchess of
              Newcastle.                            --Evelyn.
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     6. (Law)
        (a) The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is
        (b) The persons officially assembled under authority of
            law, at the appropriate time and place, for the
            administration of justice; an official assembly,
            legally met together for the transaction of judicial
            business; a judge or judges sitting for the hearing or
            trial of causes.
        (c) A tribunal established for the administration of
        (d) The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel
            or jury, or both.
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                  Most heartily I do beseech the court
                  To give the judgment.             --Shak.
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     7. The session of a judicial assembly.
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     8. Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.
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     9. A place arranged for playing the game of tennis; also, one
        of the divisions of a tennis court.
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     Christian court, the English ecclesiastical courts in the
        aggregate, or any one of them.
     Court breeding, education acquired at court.
     Court card. Same as Coat card.
     Court circular, one or more paragraphs of news respecting
        the sovereign and the royal family, together with the
        proceedings or movements of the court generally, supplied
        to the newspapers by an officer specially charged with
        such duty. [Eng.] --Edwards.
     Court of claims (Law), a court for settling claims against
        a state or government; specif., a court of the United
        States, created by act of Congress, and holding its
        sessions at Washington. It is given jurisdiction over
        claims on contracts against the government, and sometimes
        may advise the government as to its liabilities. [Webster
        1913 Suppl.]
     Court day, a day on which a court sits to administer
     Court dress, the dress prescribed for appearance at the
        court of a sovereign.
     Court fool, a buffoon or jester, formerly kept by princes
        and nobles for their amusement.
     Court guide, a directory of the names and adresses of the
        nobility and gentry in a town.
     Court hand, the hand or manner of writing used in records
        and judicial proceedings. --Shak.
     Court lands (Eng. Law), lands kept in demesne, -- that is,
        for the use of the lord and his family.
     Court marshal, one who acts as marshal for a court.
     Court party, a party attached to the court.
     Court+rolls,+the+records+of+a+court.+See{Roll">Court rolls, the records of a court. See{Roll.
     Court in banc, or Court in bank, The full court sitting
        at its regular terms for the hearing of arguments upon
        questions of law, as distinguished from a sitting at nisi
     Court of Arches, audience, etc. See under Arches,
        Audience, etc.
     Court of Chancery. See Chancery, n.
     Court of Common pleas. (Law) See Common pleas, under
     Court of Equity. See under Equity, and Chancery.
     Court of Inquiry (Mil.), a court appointed to inquire into
        and report on some military matter, as the conduct of an
     Court of St. James, the usual designation of the British
        Court; -- so called from the old palace of St. James,
        which is used for the royal receptions, levees, and
     The court of the Lord, the temple at Jerusalem; hence, a
        church, or Christian house of worship.
     General Court, the legislature of a State; -- so called
        from having had, in the colonial days, judicial power; as,
        the General Court of Massachusetts. [U.S.]
     To pay one's court, to seek to gain favor by attentions.
        "Alcibiades was assiduous in paying his court to
        Tissaphernes." --Jowett.
     To put out of court, to refuse further judicial hearing.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COURT OF INQUIRY. A court constituted by authority of the articles of war, 
  invested with the power to examine into the nature of any transaction, 
  accusation, or imputation against any officer or soldier; the said court 
  shall consist. of one or more officers, not exceeding three, and a judge 
  advocate, or other suitable person, as a recorder, to reduce the proceedings 
  and evidence to writing, all of whom shall be sworn to the performance of 
  their duty. Art. 91. Gord. Dig. Laws U. S., art. 3558 to 3560. 

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