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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tales \Ta"les\ (t[=a]"l[=e]z), n. [L., pl. of talis such (persons).] (Law) (a) pl. Persons added to a jury, commonly from those in or about the courthouse, to make up any deficiency in the number of jurors regularly summoned, being like, or such as, the latter. --Blount. --Blackstone. (b) syntactically sing. The writ by which such persons are summoned. [1913 Webster] Tales book, a book containing the names of such as are admitted of the tales. --Blount. --Craig. Tales de circumstantibus [L.], such, or the like, from those standing about. [1913 Webster]
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

TALES Template Attribute Language Expression Syntax (TAL, METAL, ZOPE)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TALES, Eng. law. The name of a book kept in the king's bench office, of such jurymen as were of the tales. See Tales de circumstantibus.