Definitions of Champerty

  1. Partnership in power; equal share of authority. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The prosecution or defense of a suit, whether by furnishing money or personal services, by one who has no legitimate concern therein, in consideration of an agreement that he shall receive, in the event of success, a share of the matter in suit; maintenance with the addition of an agreement to divide the thing in suit. See Maintenance. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Maintenance of a party in a lawsuit, upon condition of sharing with him the thing at issue if recovered. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. Crimes. A bargain with a plaintiff or defendant, campum partire, to divide the land or other matter sued for between them, if they prevail at law, the champertor undertaking to carry on the suit at his own expense. 1 Pick. 416; 1 Ham. 132; 5 Monr. 416; 4 Litt. 117; 5 John. Ch. R. 44; 7 Port. R. 488. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  5. This offence differs from maintenance, in this, that in the latter the person assisting the suitor receives no benefit, while in the former he receives one half, or other portion, of the thing sued for. See Punishment; Fine; Imprisonment; 4 Bl. Com. 135. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  6. This was an offence in the civil law. Poth. Pand. lib. 3, t. 1; App. n. 1, tom. 3, p. 104; 15 Ves. 139; 7 Bligh's R. 369; S. C. 20 E. C. L. R. 165; 5 Moore & P. 193; 6 Carr. & P. 749; S. C. 25 E. C. L. R. 631; 1 -Russ. Cr. 179 Hawk. P. C. b. 1 c. 84, s. 5. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  7. To maintan a defendant may be champerty. Hawk. P. C. b. 1, c. 84, s. 8 3 Ham. 541; 6 Monr. 392; 8 Yerg. 484; 8 John. 479; 1 John. Ch. R. 444;, 7 Wend. 152; 3 Cowen, 624; 6 Coaven, 90. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  8. sham'p[.e]r-ti, n. an illegal bargain whereby the one party is to assist the other in recovering property, and is to share in the proceeds.--n. CHAM'PART, the division of the produce of land, the right of the feudal lord. [Norm. Fr.--L. campi pars, part of the field.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  9. (law). The offence of assisting a party in a suit in which one is not naturally interested with a view to receiving a share of the disputed property. champertous a. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  10. See Champarty. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  11. n. [French] Maintenance of a lawsuit, with an agreement to divide the thing in suit, in case of success. Cabinet Dictionary