oyer and termineroy·er and ter·mi·ner
- a commission issued to English judges authorizing them to hear and determine criminal cases at the assizes
- formerly in the U.S., the higher criminal courts
Origin of oyer and terminerME, for Anglo-French oyer et terminer, literally , to hear and determine
oyer and terminer
- A court of general criminal jurisdiction in some states of the United States.
- a. A commission empowering a judge in Great Britain to hear and rule on a criminal case at the assizes.b. The court in Great Britain where such a hearing is held.
Origin of oyer and terminerMiddle English, partial translation of Anglo-Norman oyer et terminer, to hear and determine : oyer, to hear + terminer, to determine.