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Prerogative courts

"The accession of Henry VII in 1485 was followed by the creation of a number of courts that stood outside the common-law system that Henry II and his successors had instituted. These newer courts were described as prerogative courts because they were identified with the royal executive power, although some of them had a statutory origin. Thus, the Council of the North at York was set up by statute in 1537, and the Council of Wales and the Marches at Ludlow was confirmed by statute in 1543, though both had been preceded by older prerogative courts in those

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