Court of Inquiry


Court of Inquiry
In English law, a court sometimes appointed by the crown to ascertain whether it be proper to resort to extreme measures against a person charged before a court-martial. Also a court for hearing the complaints of private soldiers. In American law, formerly, a court constituted by authority of the articles of war, invested with the power to examine into the nature of any transaction of, or accusation or imputation against, any officer or soldier, when demanded by him. Rev.St. No. 1342, arts. 115, 116. Repealed by Act June 4, 1920, c. 227, No. 4, 41 Stat. 812. They were not strictly courts, having no power to try and determine guilt or innocence. They were rather agencies created by statute to investigate facts and report thereon. They could not compel the attendance of witnesses nor require them to testify. In Texas when a judge of any county or district court of this state, acting in his capacity as magistrate, has good cause to believe that an offense has been committed against the laws of this state, he may summon and examine any witness in relation thereto in accordance with the rules hereinafter provided, which procedure is defined as a "Court of Inquiry"

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  • Court of inquiry — Inquiry In*quir y, n.; pl. {Inquiries}. [See {Inquire}.] [Written also {enquiry}.] 1. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning. [1913 Webster] He could no path nor track of foot …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Court of Inquiry — Court Court (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co + a root akin to Gr. chorto s inclosure, feeding place, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • court of inquiry — court of inquiry: a military court that inquires into and reports on some military matter (as an officer s questionable conduct) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • court of inquiry — courts of inquiry N COUNT A court of inquiry is a group of people who are officially appointed to investigate a serious accident or incident, or an official investigation into a serious accident or incident. [mainly BRIT] On January 17, Daniels… …   English dictionary

  • court of inquiry — a military court to inquire into and report on some military matter (as the conduct of an officer) * * * ˌcourt of inˈquiry f10 [court of inquiry] (also ˌcourt of enˈquiry) noun (pl …   Useful english dictionary

  • Court of Inquiry — In English law, a court sometimes appointed by the crown to ascertain whether it be proper to resort to extreme measures against a person charged before a court martial. Also a court for hearing the complaints of private soldiers. In American law …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Inquiry — Das Court of Inquiry war ein alliiertes Untersuchungsgericht, das zur Ahndung von Kriegsverbrechen bei den Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) im August 1944 eingerichtet wurde. Dort unterstand es der 1. Generalstabsabteilung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • court of inquiry — court of in quiry plural courts of inquiry n BrE a group of people chosen to discover the facts about something such as a serious accident →↑grand jury …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • court of inquiry — court′ of in′quiry n. mil a military board created to investigate and report on certain matters, as an accusation against an officer …   From formal English to slang

  • court of inquiry — Date: 1757 a military court that inquires into and reports on some military matter (as an officer s questionable conduct) …   New Collegiate Dictionary