From the reign of Edward I, Chancery began to exercise common law jurisdiction over actions brought by or against its own officers, and over the settlement of disputes arising out of its administrative activities.
In all such actions, the chancellor was bound to observe the normal procedure of the common law. When issue was joined on a question of fact, the action, together with the record, was supposed to be transmitted to the Court of King's Bench for settlement; but a petition to Parliament in 1401 shows that the chancellor sometimes preferred to call the common law judges into Chancery to assist him.
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