Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Procurator Definition:

One who has charge of a matter of behalf of another.

Related Terms: Proctor

Often referred to as simply proctor, as in the queen's proctor.

An agent appointed to act for another in a legal matter. As Shumaker described a procurator:

"In civil law. A proctor. A person who acts for another by virtue iof a procuration."

The office of procurator was known to the Roman law, civil law and the common law to essentially refer to an agent or even a lawyer.

In his 1816 dictionary, Thomas Williams used these words to describe procurator:

"Procurator is one who hath a charge committed to him by any person ... and from this word comes the common word proctor."

REFERENCES:

  • Shumaker, Walter and Longsdorf, George F., The Cyclopedic Law Dictionary (Chicago: Callaghan and Company, 1940), page 731.
  • Williams, Thomas Walter, A Compendious and Comprehensive Law Dictionary (London: Gale & Fenner, 1816).

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