SWEINMOTE

SWEINMOTE

sweinmote (swayn-moht). Hist. A forest court held three times a year, before verderors as judges and freeholders of the forest as jurors, to try forest offenses. ¡ª Also spelled swainmote; swanimote; swainemote; swaingemote.

¡°The court of sweinmote is to be holden before the verderors, as judges, by the steward of the sweinmote thrice in every year …. The principal jurisdiction of this court is, first, to enquire into the oppressions and grievances committed by the officers of the forest … and, secondly, to receive and try presentments certified from the court of attachments against offences in vert and venison.¡± 3 William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England 72 (1768).


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