Compurgator Law and Legal Definition

In early legal practice, the term ‘compurgator’ was used to refer a person who appeared in court and made an oath in support of a civil or criminal defendant. Compurgator is a person who testified in a compurgation. Compurgation is a trial by which a defendant could have supporters to testify that they believed the defendant was telling the truth. These supporters were called compurgators, and were frequently 11 in number. A compurgator is also known as an oath-helper.