recognizance

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recognizance

, recognisance
Law
a. a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
b. a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
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Citing only one of several problematic instances, it is calculated that 31 percent of assault recognizances against male perpetrators involved "damage" to the victim; this was true in 21 percent of assaults by women (70).
To resolve more complicated conflicts, magistrates normally relied on recognizances.
The informative text and supporting tables consider under what circumstances justices employed informal mediation, binding by recognizance, or indictment.
Many historians have ignored recognizances because they represent such a minor legal event.