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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. 2016.
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  • "Do not forget the police-court," said Lisbeth, who flattered herself that she would some day see Hulot there.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • police-court cases on the following Monday were 28½ per cent.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • He hasn't got a cent in the world, unless he got that police-court case.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • The methods of these police-court lawyers always interest me.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • It would suit me finely to get into a police-court and be able to talk.

    A Master of Fortune Cutcliffe Hyne
  • There was a fearful scandal—arrest, the police-court, fine, and so forth.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • The scenes of yesterday in the Dublin police-court will cause an astonished public to put the question, is the government insane?

    The Wearing of the Green A.M. Sullivan
  • It was urged at the trial in the police-court that jealousy was the cause of the crime.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I had no more idea of a police-court than I had of the reason why I was being taken there.

  • Either in the police-court intelligence or in the inquest reports.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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