August 1491

If any burgess, whether principal [party in a plea] or pledge, sues a writ of error upon any record or judgement given in the king's court here, and if the judgement is not reversed at a higher level in the King's Bench, and [with result that] a writ of execution is issued for the party [to whom judgement was originally given], then he who sued the writ of error shall pay a 40s. fine, half to the profit of the town and the other half to the profit of the bailiffs.

[The aim here was to discourage frivolous appeals.]