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petty sessions

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noun English Law.
  1. a court of summary jurisdiction for minor offenses that is held without a jury.
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  • But here we are at my box; come in and have some breakfast, and I'll drive you to petty-sessions after.

    The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

    E. Rameur


British Dictionary definitions for petty sessions

petty sessions

noun
  1. (functioning as singular or plural) another term for magistrates' court
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