- oyer and terminer.
- a hearing in open court involving the production of some document pleaded by one party and demanded by the other, the party pleading the document being said to make profert.
Origin of oyer
Examples from the Web for oyer
"I should like them to tow me along for another hour or two, after the rain is oyer," he said.John Frewen, South Sea Whaler
No courts of Oyer and Terminer, at vast expense to the people.The Abominations of Modern Society
Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
It was to be expected, then, that they should insist that none but themselves should sit on the new court of oyer and terminer.
The test came in December, 1718, when the court of oyer and terminer was about to begin its session.
For that reason I refuse to sit in the court of oyer and terminer with those gentlemen.
- English legal history (in the 13th century) an assize
- (formerly) the reading out loud of a document in court
- See oyer and terminer
Word Origin and History for oyer
early 15c., "a hearing of causes," from Anglo-French oyer, Old French oir, from Latin audire "to hear" (see audience). Especially in phrase oyer and terminer (early 15c., but from late 13c. in Anglo-Latin and Anglo-French), literally "a hearing and determining," in England a court of judges of assize, in U.S. a higher criminal court.