police court


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police court

n.
An inferior court having the power to hear the trial of minor criminal offenses and violations of local ordinances.

police court

n
1. (Law) another name for magistrates' court
2. (Law) (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

police′ court`


n.
an inferior court empowered to try persons accused of minor offenses and to hold those charged with more serious crimes for trial in superior court.
[1815–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.police court - a court that has power to prosecute for minor offenses and to bind over for trial in a superior court anyone accused of serious offensespolice court - a court that has power to prosecute for minor offenses and to bind over for trial in a superior court anyone accused of serious offenses
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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At the police court, next morning, under bail, appeared Carter Watson to answer the complaint of the People Versus Carter Watson, for the latter's assault and battery on one Patsy Horan.
Often, from his high seat, he had listened indulgently to police court perjuries in cooked-up cases; but for the first time perjury was directed against him, and he no longer sat above the court, with the bailiffs, the Policemen's clubs, and the prison cells behind him.
At the police court proceedings, we shall hear the case for the prosecution, but in all probability his solicitors will advise him to reserve his defence.
I will not go into the details of the police court proceedings, as it involves many tiresome repetitions.
A fresh piece of evidence discovered by the detectives since the police court proceedings was a long, almost new piece of blotting-paper.
The scene is lively, is picturesque, and smells like a police court.
And then father was arrested for attempted assault, fined in the police court, and bound over to keep the peace.
Three months on the Island," said the Magistrate in the Police Court the next morning.
In the morning Jurgis was given a cup of water and a piece of bread, and then hustled into a patrol wagon and driven to the nearest police court.
I appeared at the police court, and, questioned by the magistrate, I told my story truly.
A pretty thing that would be: the Senior Shipping-Master of the Port of London hauled up in a police court and fined fifty pounds," says he.
I cannot think they will help to refine the ragamuffins if they read them, and I'm sure they can do no good to the better class of boys, who through these books are introduced to police courts, counterfeiters' dens, gambling houses, drinking saloons, and all sorts of low life.