Court of Claims (United Kingdom)

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The Court of Claims in the United Kingdom is a special court established after the accession of a new Sovereign to judge the validity of the claims of persons to perform certain honorary services at the coronation of the new monarch.

The first recorded such court was held in 1377 before the Lord High Steward. Since the time of Henry VII commissioners have been appointed in lieu, and the court now consists of a royal commission appointed under the Great Seal.

The court may refer any claim to the Sovereign's pleasure, and the Sovereign may withdraw a claim from the commission and transfer it to another tribunal.

Further reading[edit]

  • Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second : minutes of the proceedings of the Court of claims (Crown Office, 1952)
  • Coronation Claims, Gerald Wollaston (London, 1910)

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