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Articlesofthe Peace

Articles of the Peace, a complaint made or exhibited to a court by a person who makes oath that he is in fear of death or bodily harm from some one who has threatened or attempted to do him injury. The court may thereupon order the person complained of to find sureties for the peace, and in default may commit him to prison. Articles may be exhibited in the Queen's Bench, or Chancery divisions of the High Court, or to any Justice of the Peace. The Court of Chancery, however, is rarely or never resorted to for this purpose.