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for Instance Court
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Instance \In"stance\, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr.
instans. See Instant.]
1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency;
solicitation; application; suggestion; motion.
Undertook at her instance to restore them. --Sir W.
2. That which is instant or urgent; motive. [Obs.]
The instances that second marriage move
Are base respects of thrift, but none of love.
3. Occasion; order of occurrence.
These seem as if, in the time of Edward I., they
were drawn up into the form of a law, in the first
instance. --Sir M. Hale.
4. That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative
case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case
occurring; an example; as, we could find no instance of
poisoning in the town within the past year.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Most remarkable instances of suffering. --Atterbury.
5. A token; a sign; a symptom or indication. --Shak.
Causes of instance, those which proceed at the solicitation
of some party. --Hallifax.
Court of first instance, the court by which a case is first
For instance, by way of example or illustration; for
Instance Court (Law), the Court of Admiralty acting within
its ordinary jurisdiction, as distinguished from its
action as a prize court.
Syn: Example; case. See Example.
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
INSTANCE COURT, Eng. law. The English court of admiralty is divided into two
distinct tribunals; the one having, generally, all the jurisdiction of the
admiralty, except in prize cases, is called the instance court; the other,
acting under a special commission, distinct from the usual commission given
to judges of the admiralty, to enable the judge in time of war to assume the
jurisdiction of prizes, and' called Prize court.
2. In the United States, the district courts of the U. S. possess all
the powers of courts of admiralty, whether considered as instance or prize
courts. 3 Dall. R. 6. Vide 1 Gall. R. 563; Bro. Civ. & Adm. Law, ch. 4 & 5;
1 Kent, Com. 355, 378. Vide Courts of the United States; Prize Court.
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