a reserve of justice

Allegro molto

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Although English law generally was administered in the courts of Common Law there remained a reserve of justice in the Crown itself, which had the power on occasions to override the law-courts in the interests of justice.
(from a biography of Thomas Wolsey)

What does 'a reserve of justice' mean?

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    American English
    A reserve is something you set aside, something you keep, well, in reserve. He invested $1,000 in the stock market, but kept another $1,000 in reserve for unexpected expenses.

    So here, while the law (justice) was generally administered in the courts, there was a reserve of it in the hands of the Crown, which the Crown could use to override the courts.
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