Audience, a court formerly held by the archbishops of either province of England; that of Canterbury was removed from the palace to the Consistory Place of St. Paulus. All cases, whether contentious or voluntary, which were reserved for the archbishop's hearing were tried here; and the evidence was prepared by officers called auditors. When the court was no longer held in the palace, the jurisdiction was exercised by the master and official of the Audience. He is now represented by the vicar-general, official of the Arches and Audience, whose court was held in the hall of Doctors' Commons.

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