police-court

police court

noun
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:
1815–25

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police court
 
n
1.  another name for magistrates' court
2.  See also district 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

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