Star-chamber meaning

stärchāmbər
A court or group that engages in secret, harsh, or arbitrary procedures.
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Secret, harsh, or arbitrary, as in procedures.
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A 15th-century to 17th-century English court consisting of judges who were appointed by the Crown and sat in closed session on cases involving state security.
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A royal English court or tribunal abolished in 1641, notorious for its secret sessions without jury, and for its harsh and arbitrary judgments and its use of torture to force confessions.
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Any similar tribunal or inquisitorial body.
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(pejorative) A legal or administrative body with strict, arbitrary rulings and secretive proceedings.
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Origin of star-chamber

  • So called because the ceiling of the original courtroom was decorated with stars

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Star Chamber

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Star Chamber, an English court of law that sat at the royal Palace of Westminster from the late 15th century until 1641. The court was set up to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against prominent people, but over time it evolved into a political weapon, a symbol of the misuse and abuse of power by the English monarchy and courts.

    From Wiktionary