Black Circuit, noun phrase

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A circuit court held in 1812 which heard charges brought by missionaries against a number of Cape farmers accused of having ill-treated their black servants. See also circuit court.
[1909 C.D. Hope Our Place in Hist. 101The occasion (sc. of circuit courts) was chosen by the friends of the Hottentots to bring accusation of cruelty and ill-treatment against every white man whose servants complained of any grievance. These ‘Black Assizes’ lasted for three years, and far the greater number of cases were proved to be based on false evidence or on foolish exaggeration.]
1973 J. Meintjes Voortrekkers 25A Circuit Court was launched in 1811 by Lord Caledon, admirable in intent and non-racial, but soon to become notorious as the Black Circuit.
A circuit court held in 1812 which heard charges brought by missionaries against a number of Cape farmers accused of having ill-treated their black servants.

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