Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Jure Coronae Definition:

A right of the Crown.

Related Terms: Jura Regalia, Royal Prerogative

Also jus coronae.

A right or prerogative which belongs exclusively to the Crown; a royal right, such as in regards to taxation, treaties and war, land or pardons.

Many of these have survived in time, simply renamed as rights which vest in the Government or the state. One of the more controversial examples is underground mineral rights.

Other examples of jure coronae have included:

  • Title to any wreck;1
  • Forfeiture of property used for superstitious (magic, witchcraft) purposes;2
  • Cattle found on the King's lands;3
  • Enemy vessels seized during war (prize vessels);4
  • All land which has no owner on title.5


  • Britton v. Cole, 90 E.R. 574 [NOTE 3]
  • Home v. Camden, 2 E.R. 1028 [NOTE 4]
  • Meath (Bishop of) v. Winchester, 6 E.R. 125 [NOTE 5]
  • Wiggon v. Branthwait, 91 E.R. 1215 [NOTE 1]
  • Woollaston v. A.-G., 2 E.R. 494 [NOTE 2]

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