star-chamber

adjective star-cham·ber \ ˈstär-ˈchām-bər \

Definition of star-chamber

: characterized by secrecy and often being irresponsibly arbitrary and oppressive

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Origin and Etymology of star-chamber

Star Chamber, a court existing in England from the 15th century until 1641


Law Dictionary

star chamber

noun

legal Definition of star chamber

1 capitalized S&C : an old English court abolished in 1641 that exercised wide civil and criminal jurisdiction under rules of procedure suited to the prerogatives of the king and that was marked by secrecy, the absence of juries, self-incrimination, and an inquisitorial as opposed to accusatorial system of justice
2 : a tribunal or proceeding resembling the Star Chamber especially in being secretive or arbitrary

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