1) Visitation carried out by the sheriff twice a year of all the hundreds in the county not in private hands. In the tourn, he held a view of the frankpledges and conducted a searching inquest into crime in the hundred.
(Waugh, Scott. England in the Reign of Edward III, 238)
2) The turn or circuit made by the sheriff of a county twice a year, in which he presided at the hundred-court in each hundred of the county.
(Bennett, H.S. Life on the English Manor: A Study of Peasant Conditions, 1150-1400, 339)
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