COURT OF RECORD. At common law, any jurisdiction which has the power to fine
and imprison, is a court of record. Salk. 200; Bac. Ab. Fines and
Amercements, A. And courts which do not possess this power are not courts of
record. See Court.
2. The act of congress, to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, &c., approved April 14, 1802, enacts, that for the purpose of admitting aliens to become citizens, that every court of record in any individual state, having common law jurisdiction and a seal, and a clerk or prothonotary, shall be considered as a district court within. the meaning of this act.