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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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It seemed as if Mr Shepherd, in this anxiety to bespeak Sir Walter's good will towards a naval officer as tenant, had been gifted with foresight; for the very first application for the house was from an Admiral Croft, with whom he shortly afterwards fell into company in attending the quarter sessions at Taunton; and indeed, he had received a hint of the Admiral from a London correspondent.
A visit to Reading or Abingdon twice a year, at assizes or quarter sessions, which the Squire made on his horse with a pair of saddle-bags containing his wardrobe, a stay of a day or two at some country neighbour's, or an expedition to a county ball or the yeomanry review, made up the sum of the Brown locomotion in most years.
So had the Quarter Sessions, at which he was acquitted as having acted in self-defense.
His act was described by the chairman at Glamorgan Quarter Sessions in Cardiff as "a courageous one" which led to the arrest of 20-year-old Gordon Vickerman, of Huddersfield.
Healey selects Lancashire for his case study not because of the number of overseers of the poor accounts, but rather because of the large number of petitions to the Lancashire Quarter Sessions that exist.
04TWO Liverpool policemen, a motorist and a grocer were each sent to prison by the Liverpool City Recorder, Mr Graham Rogers, at the city's Quarter Sessions for their part in dock thefts.
After pleading guilty at North Shields Magistrates' Court the prisoner was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.
The following year, he appeared at Birmingham Quarter Sessions and was sentenced to seven years' preventive detention for stealing from cars.
Judge Morgan Hughes was a familiar face at Caernarfon Crown Court for 45 years, first as a barrister, deputy chairman of the old Caernarfonshire Quarter Sessions, recorder and then a Crown court judge until retirement in 1998.
4) In File 8, "Lists of those persons who attended the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace holden for the Home District (Michaelmas Term) in the Town (of) Newark, Province of Upper Canada on the 11th day of October 1796 and 36th Year of Our Lord King George the IIId of Great Britain, France & Ireland &c &c" it states: "6603: Tederick, Jacob Serjeant".
He was tried at both the quarter sessions and the assizes in Worcester, and before the Kings Bench in London.
In the Quarter Sessions court records you can find incredible details of crimes in the original words of the witnesses and accused.