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 for Ecclesiastical courts
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ecclesiastical \Ec*cle`si*as"tic*al\, a. [See Ecclesiastical,
     Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization
     or government of the church; not secular; as, ecclesiastical
     affairs or history; ecclesiastical courts.
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           Every circumstance of ecclesiastical order and
           discipline was an abomination.           --Cowper.
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     Ecclesiastical commissioners for England, a permanent
        commission established by Parliament in 1836, to consider
        and report upon the affairs of the Established Church.
     Ecclesiastical courts, courts for maintaining the
        discipline of the Established Church; -- called also
        Christian courts. [Eng.]
     Ecclesiastical law, a combination of civil and canon law as
        administered in ecclesiastical courts. [Eng.]
     Ecclesiastical modes (Mus.), the church modes, or the
        scales anciently used.
     Ecclesiastical States, the territory formerly subject to
        the Pope of Rome as its temporal ruler; -- called also
        States of the Church.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ECCLESIASTICAL COURTS. English law. Courts held by the king's authority as 
  supreme governor of the church, for matters which chiefly concern religion. 
       2. There are ten courts which may be ranged under this class. 1. The 
  Archdeacon's Court. 2. The Consistory Court. 3. The Court of Arches. 4. The 
  Court of Peculiars. 5. The Prerogative Court. 6. The Court of Delegates, 
  which is the great court of appeals in all ecclesiastical causes. 7. The 
  Court of Convocation. 8. The Court of Audience. 9. The Court of Faculties. 
  10. The Court of Commissioners of Review. 

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