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police court

an inferior court with summary jurisdiction for the trial of persons accused of any of certain minor offenses, and with power to examine those charged with more serious offenses and hold them for trial in a superior court or for a grand jury.
Also called magistrate's court.
Origin of police court
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There were reasons why none of them cared to come before the police court just now.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Two constables were taking a man and woman to the police court in Rochester Row.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • There was very little more than this to be learned at the police court.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • I give my word that we shall be at the police court immediately.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • This time, despite misgivings, Keith had attended the police court.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • The scene is lively, is picturesque, and smells like a police court.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The next morning we went up to police court in our old clothes.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • At last the van stopped, and he was led forth into the yard of the police court.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • When he came to the prison from the police court he had several companions in misery.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • I'll take him across to Bournemouth, and we'll have him up at the police court in the morning.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
British Dictionary definitions for police court

police court

another name for magistrates' court
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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