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Fleet in United Kingdom

Meaning of Fleet

The following is an old definition of Fleet [1]: A celebrated prison in London. Named from a river or ditch near by. Used chiefly for debtors and bankrupts, and for persons charged with contempt of the coiuts of chancery, exchequer, and common pleas. Abolished in 1842; andtomdown in 1845.^S


Notes and References

  1. Concept of Fleet provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims and an Exposition of the Principles of Law: Comprising a Dictionary and Compendium of American and English Jurisprudence; William C. Anderson; T. H. Flood and Company, Law Publishers, Chicago, United States)

English Law: Fleet in the Past

A place of running water, where the tide or float comes up. A prison in London, so called from a river or ditch which was formerly there, on the side of which it stood. [1]


Notes and References

  1. Partialy, this information about fleet is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including fleet.

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Concept of Fleet

Traditional meaning of fleet [1] in the English common law history: A prison in London; formerly of the Courts of Chancery, Exchequer, and Common Pleas.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A concise law dictionary of words, phrases and maxims, “Fleet”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. This term and/or definition may be absolete. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary, based on a glossary of terms, included Fleet.

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  • Article Name: Fleet
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  • Description: Meaning of Fleet The following is an old definition of Fleet [1]: A celebrated prison in London. Named from a river or [...]

This entry was last updated: March 20, 2020

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