Crompton, Richard [d. 1599]. Star-Chamber Cases: Shewing What Causes Properly Belong to the Cognizance of that Court. London: Printed for Iohn Grove, 1630. Reprint. Amsterdam: Walter J. Johnson, 1975. [vii], 57 pp. A title in the English Experience series. Publisher's red cloth with gilt stamped spine and front cover. A very good copy. $35. * The Court of Star Chamber was established by the Crown in 1487 to try offences dealing with the safety of the state before a council. Its scope expanded over time to include a wider array of criminal matters and a limited number of civil matters, such as suits between corporations and prize cases. In its final years the court was infamous for cruelty, arbitrary nature and illegal extensions of power. It was abolished in 1641. Crompton's L'Authoritie et Iurisdiction des Courts de la Maiestie de la Roygne (1594) is one of the best sources we have today about the court system of his day. Star-Chamber Cases was derived from this treatise. As W.S. Holdsworth points out, "it is the book of a common lawyer to whom details as to the procedure and the jurisdiction of the court are more interesting than large questions as to its position in the state, or its legal.
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