What is IN CHIEF?

Principal; primary; directly obtained. A term applied to the evidenceobtained from a witness upon his examination in court by the party producing him.Tenure in chief, or in capite, is a holding directly of the king or chief lord.In civilibus ministerium excusat, in criminalibus non item. Ill civil matters agency (orservice) excuses, but not so in criminal matters. Lol’ft, 228; Tray. Lat. Max. 243.In Claris non est loens conjecturis. In things obvious there is no room for conjecture.

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