SWEINMOTE, or Swain-mote. This court is to be held before the verderers, as judges, by the steward of the sweinmote thrice in every year; the sweins, or freeholders, within the forest composing the jury. The principal jurisdiction of this court is, first to inquire into the oppressions and grievances committed by the officers of the forest: secondly, to receive and try presentments certified from the Court of Attachments against offences in vert and venison. And this court may not only inquire, but convict also; which conviction shall be certified to the Court of Justice Seat under the seals of the jury, for this court cannot proceed to judgment. The principal court (the Court of Justice Seat) may fine and imprison for offences within the forest, it being a court of record; therefore a writ of error lies hence to the Court of King's Bench to rectify and redress any mal-administration of justice; or the chief justice in eyre may adjourn any matter of law into the Court of King's Bench.—See Eyre, Forest.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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