Definition of privilegium fori
The privilegium fori, Latin for "Privilege of the (legal) forum", is a generic term for legal privileges to be tried in a particular court or type of court of law.
Typically, it is an application of the principle of trial by one's peers, either by such a jury or at least by a specific court from that social segment, such as a soldier by a court martial, a cleric by a canon court.
A member of the clergy, for instance, in some regions received a special tribunal in civil and criminal causes before an ecclesiastical judge.
- Catholic Encyclopedia, "Ecclesiastical Privileges"
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