assizes


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as·size

 (ə-sīz′)
n. Law
1.
a. A judicial inquest, the writ by which it is instituted, or the verdict of the jurors.
b. A decree or edict rendered at such an inquest.
2. assizes
a. One of the periodic court sessions formerly held in each of the counties of England and Wales for the trial of civil or criminal cases.
b. The time or place of such sessions.

[Middle English assise, from Old French, from past participle of asseoir, to seat, from Latin assidēre, to sit beside; see assiduous.]

assizes

(əˈsaɪzɪz)
pl n
(Law) (formerly in England and Wales) the sessions, usually held four times a year, of the principal court in each county, exercising civil and criminal jurisdiction, attended by itinerant judges: replaced in 1971 by crown courts
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assizes - the county courts of England (replaced in 1971 by Crown courts)
court, judicature, tribunal - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
Translations

assizes

[əˈsaɪzɪz] NPL (Brit) (Jur) → sesiones fpl jurídicas (regionales)

assizes

[əˈsaɪzɪz] nplassises fpl

assizes

pl (Brit, dated) → Gerichtstage pl, → Assisen pl (old); at the county assizeswährend der Bezirksgerichtstage

assizes

[əˈsaɪzɪz] nplassise fpl
References in classic literature ?
Whether he could rush to the next assizes, and proclaim himself a lawyer?
He spoke to him as before, over his shoulder and in the same tone of voice, rather high, so that all the room might hear, but perfectly calm and steady: "If you do not put that knife this instant in your pocket, I promise, upon my honour, you shall hang at the next assizes.
Suzanne took the bag and departed, after allowing the old bachelor to kiss her, which he did with an air that seemed to say, "It is a right which costs me dear; but it is better than being harried by a lawyer in the court of assizes as the seducer of a girl accused of infanticide.
I had speedy proofs that the excellent abbe was engaged in my behalf, for the rigors of my imprisonment were alleviated by many trifling though acceptable indulgences, and I was told that my trial was to be postponed to the assizes following those now being held.
Hetty's trial must come on at the Lent assizes, and they were to be held at Stoniton the next week.
I know what it is, for Mr Musgrove always attends the assizes, and I am so glad when they are over, and he is safe back again.
Under these circumstances the young man was instantly arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the magistrates at Ross, who have referred the case to the next Assizes.
Their children are sometimes congenital idiots, like the hero of our story; sometimes they are found in the dock at the Assizes, where they are generally acquitted by the jury for edifying motives; sometimes they distinguish themselves by one of those burning scandals that amaze the public and add another blot to the stained record of our age.
The American, Abe Slaney, was condemned to death at the winter assizes at Norwich, but his penalty was changed to penal servitude in consideration of mitigating circumstances, and the certainty that Hilton Cubitt had fired the first shot.
It was part of Rosamond's cleverness to discern very subtly the faintest aroma of rank, and once when she had seen the Miss Brookes accompanying their uncle at the county assizes, and seated among the aristocracy, she had envied them, notwithstanding their plain dress.
In their eyes, crime belongs to the assizes or the police-courts; but the socially refined evils escape their ken; the adroitness that triumphs under shield of the Code is above them or beneath them; they have neither eye-glass nor telescope; they want good stout horrors easily visible.
I should say that was worth full twenty pound at the next assizes, without the honesty, sir.