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police court

an inferior court with summary jurisdiction for the trial of persons accused of any of certain minor offenses, and with power to examine those charged with more serious offenses and hold them for trial in a superior court or for a grand jury.
Also called magistrate's court.
Origin of police court
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After an investigation by the fourth district police court, the two officers were exonerated and reinstated.
  • Perhaps there is a farce in the police court, and there the matter ends.
British Dictionary definitions for police court

police court

another name for magistrates' court
(in Scotland, formerly) a burgh court with limited jurisdiction, presided over by lay magistrates or a stipendiary magistrate: replaced in 1975 by the district court See also district court
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