quarter sessions

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quarter sessions

n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (Law) (in England and Wales, formerly) a criminal court held four times a year before justices of the peace or a recorder, empowered to try all but the most serious offences and to hear appeals from petty sessions. Replaced in 1972 by crown courts. See also crown court Compare assizes
2. (Law) (in Scotland, formerly) a court held by justices of the peace four times a year, empowered to hear appeals from justice of the peace courts and to deal with some licensing matters: abolished in 1975
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Noun1.quarter sessions - a local court with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions
court, judicature, tribunal - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Extended power was vested in the Justices of the Peace and this body was authorized to sit collectively at Court of Quarter Sessions.
Birmingham founded a court of Quarter Sessions and Petty Sessions, based at the Victoria Law Courts, in 1839.
In 1689 the Toleration Act allowed these new congregations to meet, provided that the meeting place was registered with the diocesan bishop or Court of Quarter Sessions.