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decree

Technically,the judgment of a court of equity.Today,states have abolished the distinctions between courts of law,which followed fairly strict rules of law and awarded damages to injured parties, and courts of equity, which generally tried to do what was fair and just (equitable) and issued decrees to people ordering them to do something,or to stop doing something.Causes of action are grounded in law or equity,but the same court and same judge now hear everything.

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If, therefore, a democracy is to be reckoned a free state, it is evident that any such establishment which centres all power in the votes of the people cannot, properly speaking, be a democracy: for their decrees cannot be general in their extent.
We might fail to carry out our decrees against our enemies, such as the Pococks, for instance; but the one thing we could not afford to fail in was the punishment of our own traitors.
Years passed, and in vain the Fighting Groups strove to execute their decree. Comrade after comrade, men and women, failed in their attempts, and were cruelly executed by the Oligarchy.
URIEL, for thou of those seav'n Spirits that stand In sight of God's high Throne, gloriously bright, The first art wont his great authentic will Interpreter through highest Heav'n to bring, Where all his Sons thy Embassie attend; And here art likeliest by supream decree Like honour to obtain, and as his Eye To visit oft this new Creation round; Unspeakable desire to see, and know All these his wondrous works, but chiefly Man, His chief delight and favour, him for whom All these his works so wondrous he ordaind, Hath brought me from the Quires of Cherubim Alone thus wandring.
"He is a traitor since the decree. His life is forfeit to the people.
"What is this decree that the smith spoke of?" Darnay asked the postmaster, when he had thanked him, and stood beside him in the yard.
"Truly, a decree for selling the property of emigrants."
Muscat : His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued five royal decrees on Monday.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Monday issued five Royal Decrees as follows:
(TAP)- The cabinet meeting approved on Friday at the Kasbah Palace, 10 draft government decrees, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.
Muscat, Apr 24 (ONA) His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said today issued six Royal Decrees as follows:
NNA - Premiership Secretary General Fouad Fleifel, on Thursday read out the three decrees pertaining to accepting the resignation of the Cabinet of PM Saad Hariri, designating Saad Hariri as head of the new government and forming the new Cabinet.