- a division of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales, presided over by the Lord High Chancellor of England
- a court of equity
- the laws, practice, and proceedings of a court of equity
- a court of record; office of public archives
- chancellery (sense )
- Brit. the political department, or its offices, of an embassy or legation
- R.C.Ch. the administrative office of a diocese, under the direction of the bishop
Origin of chanceryMiddle English chancerie, variant, variety of chancelerie: see chancellery
- in process of litigation in a court of equity
- in an awkward or helpless situation
- Law a. A court of chancery.b. The proceedings and practice of a court of chancery; equity.c. A court of public record; an office of archives.d. One of the five divisions of the High Court of Justice of Great Britain, presided over by the Lord High Chancellor.
- The office or department of a chancellor; a chancellery.
Origin of chanceryMiddle English chancerie, alteration of chancelrie; see chancellery.
- In England, formerly, the highest court of judicature next to the Parliament, exercising jurisdiction at law, but chiefly in equity; but under the jurisdiction act of 1873 it became the chancery division of the High Court of Justice, and now exercises jurisdiction only in equity.
- In the United States, a court of equity; equity; proceeding in equity.
- The type of building that houses a diplomatic mission or embassy.
- The type of building that houses the offices and administration of a diocese; the offices of a diocese.
A court of chancery, so far as it is a court of equity, in the English and American sense, may be generally, if not precisely, described as one having jurisdiction in cases of rights, recognized and protected by the municipal jurisprudence, where a plain, adequate, and complete remedy can not be had in the courts of common law. In some of the American States, jurisdiction at law and in equity centers in the same tribunal. The courts of the United States also have jurisdiction both at law and in equity, and in all such cases they exercise their jurisdiction, as courts of law, or as courts of equity, as the subject of adjudication may require. In others of the American States, the courts that administer equity are distinct tribunals, having their appropriate judicial officers, and it is to the latter that the appellation courts of chancery is usually applied; but, in American law, the terms equity and court of equity are more frequently employed than the corresponding terms chancery and court of chancery.
French chancellerie, from Late Latin cancellaria, from Latin cancellarius, from cancellus (“lattice”) (English chancel), from cancelli (“grating, bars”) (from which cancel (“cross out (with lines, as in a latticework)”)), from the lattice-work that separated a section of a church or court.