SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Chancery Court has been established to resolve business and trust cases in the state, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Kate Fox announced earlier this month. Fourth Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn is among three judges appointed to the business court.
The origin of the chancery court lies in feudal England, according to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. The special court, named for the King’s Lord Chancellor, offered remedy — often based on notions of fairness or equity — for those who believed they did not receive adequate compensation through standard court systems. While most courts could offer only monetary damages in civil cases, the chancery court could require a party to do or not do a particular act as punishment, like an ethics-based appellate court.