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Richard Norton (justice)

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”'[[His Worship]] Richard Norton”’ [[King’s Serjeant|KS]] [[Justice of the Peace|JP]] (d. 1420) was a British justice. He was the son of Adam Conyers, who changed his name to Adam Norton when he married the heiress of [[Norton-on-Derwent]] in [[Yorkshire]]. Norton is first mentioned as an [[Advocate]] in 1399, and was created a [[Serjeant-at-law]] in 1401. On 4 June 1405 he was appointed to the trial of those involved in [[Richard le Scrope]]’s rebellion, but was removed from the commission on 6 June. He served in 1406 as an [[Assize Court|Assize]] justice for the [[Palatinate]] of [[Durham]], and in the same year was made a [[King’s Serjeant]]. He was appointed as a justice for the [[Court of Common Pleas]] by [[Henry V of England|Henry V]] on 23 May 1413, and [[Chief Justice of the Common Pleas|Chief Justice]] a month later on 26 of June, becoming Chief justice of the Palatinate of [[Lancaster]] at around the same time. Between November 1414 and December 1420 he also appeared as a regular Trier of Petitions in Parliament.

Norton served on many government commissions under [[Henry IV of England|Henry IV]] and Henry V, most notably as a commissioner of [[Oyer and terminer]] in [[Durham]], [[Yorkshire]], [[Norfolk]], [[Suffolk]] and [[Devon]], and as an officer tasked with hunting down escaped criminals in [[Northumberland]], Yorkshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. After his investigation into Richard le Scrope he was tasked with a similar commission into the lands of [[Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland|Henry Percy]] in 1407. He also served as a justice of the peace from 1399 onwards, initially for the [[North Riding of Yorkshire]] but later for other areas. He died on 20 December 1420, and was buried in Wath, Yorkshire.<ref>{{cite web|url=|group=yes|feature=yes|aor=3|orderField=alpha|title=Oxford DNB article: Norton, Richard|last=Kingsford|first=C.L|coauthors=Keith Dockray |date=2004|publisher=Oxford University Press|accessdate=2008-10-01}}</ref>

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{{succession box | title=[[Chief Justice of the Common Pleas]] | before=[[William Thirning]] | after=[[William Babington (justice)|Sir William Babington]] | years=1413–1420}}
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[[Category:1420 deaths]]
[[Category:English barristers]]
[[Category:Chief Justices of the Common Pleas]]
[[Category:English judges]]

(Via Wikipedia – New pages [en].)

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