- Usually assizes. a trial session, civil or criminal, held periodically in specific locations in England, usually by a judge of a superior court.
- an edict, ordinance, or enactment made at a session of a legislative assembly.
- an inquest before members of a jury or assessors; a judicial inquiry.
- an action, writ, or verdict of an assize.
- judgment: the last assize; the great assize.
- a statute for the regulation and control of weights and measures or prices of general commodities in the market.
Origin of assize
Examples from the Web for assizes
On the eighth day of the assizes there were but fifty of us left in the wool warehouse.
He was referred to assizes, but got away in the meanwhile, and so saved his neck.
At the trial of Roubaud he acted as assessor to the assizes.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
His ignorance of law was soon shewn at the Lancaster assizes.James Boswell
William Keith Leask
She was committed for trial at the assizes, as the magistrate had no ducking-stool.Bygone Punishments
- (formerly in England and Wales) the sessions, usually held four times a year, of the principal court in each county, exercising civil and criminal jurisdiction, attended by itinerant judges: replaced in 1971 by crown courts
- (in the US)
- a sitting of a legislative assembly or administrative body
- an enactment or order of such an assembly
- English history a trial or judicial inquest, the writ instituting such inquest, or the verdict
- Scots law
- trial by jury
- another name for jury 1
Word Origin and History for assizes
"session of a law court," c.1300 (attested from mid-12c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French assise "session, sitting of a court" (12c.), properly fem. past participle of asseoir "to cause to sit," from Latin assidere (see assess). Originally "all legal proceedings of the nature of inquests or recognitions;" hence sessions held periodically in each county of England to administer civil and criminal justice.