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

  Peculiar \Pe*cul"iar\, n.
     1. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a
        prerogative; a characteristic.
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              Revenge is . . . the peculiar of Heaven. --South.
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     2. (Eng. Canon Law) A particular parish or church which is
        exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
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     Court of Peculiars (Eng. Law), a branch of the Court of
        Arches having cognizance of the affairs of peculiars.
        --Blackstone.
  
     Dean of peculiars. See under Dean, 1.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COURT OF PECULIARS, Eng. eccl. law. The name of a court, which is a branch 
  of, and annexed to, the. court of arches. 
       2. It has jurisdiction over all those parishes dispersed through the 
  province of Canterbury, in the midst of other dioceses. In the other 
  peculiars, the jurisdiction is exercised by commissaries. 1 Phill. R. 202, 
  n. 
       3. There are three sorts of peculiars 1. Royal peculiars. 3 Phill. R. 
  245. 2. The second sort are those in which the bishop has no concurrent 
  jurisdiction, and are exempt from his visitation. 3. The third are subject 
  to the bishop's visitation, and liable to his superintendence and 
  jurisdiction. 3 Phill. R. 245; Skinn. R. 589. 
  
  

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