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Lord Chancellor Audley and the commissions of oyer and terminer of 1536

| April 24, 2018

On this day in history, 24th April 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer, one for the county of Middlesex and the other for Kent. These commissions were used to investigate and prosecute serious crimes, including treason. On 10th May 1536, the Grand Jury of […]

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions are set up

| April 24, 2017

On this day in history, 24th April 1536, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, for the counties of Middlesex and Kent. “What on earth were commissions of oyer and terminer?” You may ask. Well, the term came from the French for “to hear and […]

24 April 1536 – Sir Thomas Audley sets up special commissions

| April 24, 2016

24 April 1536 – Sir Thomas Audley sets up special commissions

.On 24th April 1536, six days before the first arrest in the fall of Anne Boleyn, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, for the counties of Middlesex and Kent. ‘Oyer and terminer’ comes from the French ‘to hear and to determine’ and denotes a […]

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions set up by Sir Thomas Audley

| April 24, 2015

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions set up by Sir Thomas Audley

On 24th April 1536, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor. ‘Oyer and terminer’ comes from the French ‘to hear and to determine’ and denotes a legal commission formed to investigate and prosecute serious criminal offences, such as treason, committed in a particular county. These particular commissions […]