MANOR COURT: MANOR OF BLAXHALL
TO BE HELD AT THE VILLAGE HALL BLAXHALL AT 2pm ON SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2013
CUSTOMS AND RIGHTS
1. The present lord of the manor is Mr Michael Prevost and his appointed steward for the purposes of this court is Mr Anthony M Breen.
2. The Manor Court is a meeting of the lord of the manor and/or his steward and the tenants on the soil of the manor. It is an open meeting and all are invited to attend.
3. Only those who have enrolled their names as tenants of the soil of the manor have the right to fully participate in the proceedings.
4. Those who are entitled to enrol their names as tenants on the soil of the manor are any person who is an owner or partial owner of real estate property within the parish of Blaxhall. The husband, wife or civil partner of any proprietor also has the right to enrol their names as tenants of the soil.
5. All are invited to enrol their names as tenants on the soil of the manor when they attend the court. No one shall be enrolled as tenant on the soil of the manor before the date of the court.
6. Those who have enrolled their names as tenants of the soil are assumed to have acknowledged the present lordship of the manor. They are collectively known as the homage. Any member of the homage has full rights to speak, to serve on the jury of the court and to take part in any vote, if the coourt wish for a vote to be taken.
7. The court is only formed when the lord and/or his steward and at least two of the homage have come to the meeting at the appointed time, place and location.
8. The time, place and location of the court has to be advertised in advance of any meeting through an advertisement having been place in a local newspaper circulating in the area of Blaxhall and by a notice having been displayed in a public place within the parish.
9. Once a court has been formed of the lord of the manor and/or his steward and at least two of the homage then it has to elect two of the homage to serve as the jury. The jury will be asked to assist in the conduct of and counting of any vote, if the court should wish for a vote to be taken. They will be asked to sign the minutes of the court on behalf of the homage.
10. The steward has no right to take part in the proceedings of the court other than at the wish of the lord of the manor or of the homage. The steward has no right to vote, should the court wish for a vote to be taken. The steward will advise the court on the conduct of the proceedings of the court. He will prepare the minutes of the court. The minutes will be a record of the calling of the court and the result of any vote that has been taken, if the court should wish for a vote to be taken. The minutes will not be a verbatim account of the proceedings.
11. All other matters relating to the conduct of the court are at the wish of the lord of the manor and the homage combined.
12. The court may allow any person to take part in the proceedings. Any person who wishes to speak at the court and who is not the lord of the manor and/or his steward or a member of the homage should be allowed to speak as attorney for the lord or a member or members of the homage. Any person who has been granted the right to speak though known as an attorney need not be an attorney in law.
13. A vote, if the court should wish for a vote to be taken, is known as a verdict. This is only a verdict of opinion.
14. All who wish to take part in the proceedings of the Manor Court should be aware that this court has no legal jurisdiction, under the terms of Section 23, Administration of Justice Act 1977.
Any further enquiries relating to the calling and composition of the manor court should be directed to the steward either by post or e-mail
Anthony M Breen
72 Anderson Close
Or by e-mail at email@example.com