CERTIFICATE, JUDGE'S, English practice. The judge who tries the cause is
authorized by several statutes in certain cases to certify, so as to decide
when the party or parties shall or shall not be entitled to costs. It is of
great importance in many cases, that these certificates should be obtained
at the time of trial. See 3 Camp. R. 316; 5 B. & A. 796; Tidd's Pr. 879; 3
Ch. Pr. 458, 486.
2. The Lord Chancellor often requires the opinion of the judges upon a question of law; to obtain this, a case is trained, containing the admissions on both sides, and upon these the legal question is stated; the case is then submitted to the judges, who, after hearing counsel, transmit to the chancellor their opinion. This opinion, signed by the judges of the court, is called their certificate. See 3 Bl. Com. 453.