court of assize

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Noun1.court of assize - 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
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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.
This year, Tripoli Court of Assize sentenced both among other co-defendants to death for the crimes they allegedly committed during Libya's 2011 uprising.
I was a member of the choir at Christ Church, one of whose duties was to sing at the colourful ceremonial service at St Mary's that preceded each visiting Court of Assize - for which we were rewarded with "the judge's shilling".
For years the Guildhall housed Newcastle's Court of Assize and still includes many of the 18th and 19th Century court fittings ( including this fearsome dock.