n. Law, crime of aiding another's lawsuit in order to share in gains therefrom.
   ♦ champertous, a.

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  • champerty — cham·per·ty / cham pər tē/ n pl ties [Anglo French champartie bargaining for a share of disputed property, from champart share of crops paid as rent, share of property in dispute, from champ field + part portion]: an unenforceable agreement by… …   Law dictionary

  • Champerty — Cham per*ty, n. [F. champart field rent, L. campipars; champ (L. campus) field + part (L. pars) share.] 1. Partnership in power; equal share of authority. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Beaut[ e] ne sleighte, strengthe ne hardyness, Ne may with Venus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • champerty — [cham′pər tē] n. pl. champerties [ME champartie < OFr champart, the lord s share in the crop of a tenant s land < L campi pars < campi, gen. of campus, field + pars, part: see CAMPUS & PART2] Law an act or proceeding by which a person… …   English World dictionary

  • Champerty — Legal term for an agreement with one side of a dispute to have a share in the property being disputed; this was clearly corrupt practice. Champerty was explicitly forbidden under statute by Edward III, as was *embracery. The Latin form is… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • champerty and maintenance — Champerty is the process whereby one person bargains with a party to a lawsuit to obtain a share in the proceeds of the suit. Maintenance is the support or promotion of another person s suit initiated by intermeddling for personal gain.… …   Law dictionary

  • Champerty and maintenance — Champarty redirects here. For the medieval levy, see Champart. Champerty and maintenance are doctrines in common law jurisdictions, that aim to preclude frivolous litigation. Maintenance is the intermeddling of a disinterested party to encourage… …   Wikipedia

  • champerty — noun Etymology: Middle English champartie, from Anglo French, from champart share in litigious property, from champ field (from Latin campus) + part portion more at part Date: 15th century a proceeding by which a person not a party in a suit… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • champerty — champertous, adj. /cham peuhr tee/, n. Law. a sharing in the proceeds of litigation by one who agrees with either the plaintiff or defendant to help promote it or carry it on. [1300 50; ME champartie, equiv. to champart ( < MF: share of the… …   Universalium

  • champerty — noun investing money into an individual’s law suit. See Also: camp, campus, champertous …   Wiktionary

  • champerty — n. act of promoting the suit of a plaintiff or defendant in return for a share of the proceeds of the case (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • champerty — [ tʃampəti] noun Law an illegal agreement in which a person with no previous interest in a lawsuit finances it with a view to sharing the disputed property if the suit succeeds. Derivatives champertous adjective Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr.… …   English new terms dictionary

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