de lunatico inquirendo definition

  • noun:
    • The old name regarding the writ or percentage (now generally called an inquisition) given previously away from Chancery, and today by different process of law, appointing commissioners to research, using a jury, the mental condition of someone alleged to be of unsound mind, in order that, if discovered not capable of handling their own matters, a committee might be appointed to take-charge of these, and his coping with other people who might enforce upon him be interdicted.
    • The old title for the writ or fee (today frequently called an inquisition) issued formerly out of Chancery, and from now on by different process of law, appointing commissioners to investigate, with the aid of a jury, the psychological problem of an individual speculated to be of unsound brain, in order that, if discovered not capable of handling his own matters, a committee are appointed to take charge of these, and his dealing with other people who might enforce upon him be interdicted.
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