Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Law and Legal Definition

A Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes exercise jurisdiction over family issues, such as legitimacy and divorce. The Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes was established in 1857. The Court acquired the matrimonial jurisdiction that was previously exercised by the ecclesiastical courts. It included the Lord Chancellor, the Chief Justices of the Queen's Bench and Common Pleas, the Chief Baron of Exchequer, the senior puisne judges of the last three courts, and the Judge Ordinary. The Judge Ordinary used to hear the cases. The Court was abolished by the Judicature Act of 1873. The jurisdiction of the Court was transferred to the Probate Divorce and Admiralty Division (now known as the Family Division) of the High Court of Justice.