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Concept of Roll

The following is an old definition of Roll [1], a term which has several meanings:1. A sheet of parchment on which proceedings were entered. A schedule of parchment, which may be rolled up like a pipe or tube, sheet to sheet, or so tacked together that the whole length might be wound into a spiral roll. When the art of book -binding was little used, economy suggested the adding of one sheet of parchment to another, to form a record-book. The roll on which the issue was entered was called the “issue roll,”. and the file comprising the papers necessary to support the judgment, when attached in order, was (or still is) called the ” judgment roll.” 2. The record of a court or office; a record, a register or registry, qsee, in this resource, the term Enroll; inroll. (1) To transcribe, as, a deed, on a roll. Sec Registry, Of vessels. (2) To record, as, a decree, a legislative bill. The legislative practice has been to enroll a bill or joint resolution, for signing by the presiding officers, and for preservation in the office of the secretary of state. The enrolled bill should be regarded as the original act. But it does not follow that enrollment is essential to the validity of a statute. Master of rolls. The judge, in the English court of chancery, who has the custody of the rolls of all patents and grants which pass by the great seal, and of the records in chancery. He likewise presides in the Rolls Court, as assistant to the lord chancellor, and is the ghief master in chancery. Under the Judicature Acts he is a judge of the high court, and an ex-officio member of the court of appeals. Strike off the roll. When an attorney is disbarred from practicing before a court, his name is expunged from the list of the members of that court. See Attorney.


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  1. Meaning of Roll 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)

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  • Article Name: Roll
  • Author: Valentine Latham
  • Description: Concept of Roll The following is an old definition of Roll [1], a term which has several meanings:1. A sheet of parchment [...]

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