Starr, or starra, was a term used in pre-14th-century England for the contract or obligation of a Jew. It derives from the Hebrew shtar,שטר document.
By an ordinance of Richard I, no English starr was valid unless deposited in one of certain repositories, the best-known of which was the King's exchequer at Westminster. It is possible, but by no means certain, that the room where these were kept became known as the "starr-chamber" as a result.
- Henry C. Black, Black's Law Dictionary, rev. 4th ed. 1968.
- William Blackstone, Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law, 266, 267, note a.
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