- a former court of inquisitorial and criminal jurisdiction in England that sat without a jury and that became noted for its arbitrary methods and severe punishments, abolished 1641.
- any tribunal, committee, or the like, which proceeds by arbitrary or unfair methods.
Origin of Star Chamber
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Historical Examples of star chamber
We met at the Star-chamber about exchange and release of prisoners.The Diary of John Evelyn, Volume II (of 2)
The decrees of the Star-chamber were taken as the basis of 13 and 14 Car.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 1 of 3
Henry Thomas Buckle
Yet then he oft forgets his journey's end, although he look on the Star-Chamber.
No star-chamber court, no secret inquisition, in this nineteenth century, can ever be made acceptable to the American mind.The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt
David Miller DeWitt
The bonds of many a great baron, the relics of many an abbey, lay pledged for security in the "Star-chamber" of the Jew.Stray Studies from England and Italy
John Richard Greene
- English history the Privy Council sitting as a court of equity, esp powerful under the Tudor monarchs; abolished 1641
- (sometimes not capitals) any arbitrary tribunal dispensing summary justice
- (sometimes not capitals) (in Britain, in a Conservative government) a group of senior ministers who make the final decision on the public spending of each government department
late 14c., apartment in the royal palace at Westminster in which members of the king's council sat to exercise jurisdiction 14-15c., it evolved 15c. into a court of criminal jurisdiction, proverbial under James I and Charles I for arbitrary and oppressive proceedings. Abolished 1641. Supposedly so called because gilt stars were painted on the ceiling.