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Star Chamber, Court of

Named for a chamber in Westminster Palace, this court dealt with, among other things, violations of the Royal Prerogative and issues for which there was no applicable law. It dates from before the Tudor period, but its powers were strengthed by Henry VII. It had public hearings but no jury. It was typically speedier than the common courts, so people would petition to hear their cases heard there.