Definition of church court in English:

church court

Pronunciation /ˈtʃəːtʃ kɔːt/


  • 1Any of the governing bodies under the Presbyterian system of ecclesiastical polity, having both administrative and judicial functions.

    The four levels of church court are, in ascending order of accountability: the kirk session, the presbytery, the synod, and the general assembly.

  • 2Generally. An ecclesiastical court, having jurisdiction over spiritual or religious matters, such as offences against canon law or church doctrine.


Mid 16th century. From church + court.