Origin of Star Chamber
Examples from the Web for star chamber
These were maintained by a vigilant and unsparing exercise of jurisdiction in the court of star-chamber.
Almost all that he gained by his heartless diplomacy was a seat in the council and in the star-chamber.
The records show the star-chamber to have taken cognisance both of civil suits and of offences throughout the time of the Tudors.
These were maintained by a vigilant and unsparing exercise of jurisdiction in the Court of 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
British Dictionary definitions for star chamber
Word Origin and History for star chamber
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.
Culture definitions for star chamber
A royal court that began in England in the Middle Ages; cases were heard there without juries. Under the early Stuart kings, it was known for its tyrannical judgments. The name came from the courtroom's ceiling, which was painted with stars.