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county court

  1. (in the U.S.)
    1. an administrative board in counties in some states.
    2. a judicial tribunal in some states with jurisdiction extending over one or more counties.
  2. (in England)
    1. the lowest civil tribunal, having limited jurisdiction, mostly for the recovery of small debts.
    2. (formerly) the assembly of local residents who met periodically in each county under the presidency of the sheriff to transact the judicial and administrative business of the county.
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Origin of county court

First recorded in 1525–35
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Historical Examples of county court

  • And the expense of trying a suit before the justices in eyre might not be very much greater than in the county-court.

    View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)

    Henry Hallam

  • They were permitted to decide petty suits among themselves, but for more important matters were to repair to the county-court.

  • In those days we thought an Indian Judgeship about equal to a county-court judgeship at home.

    Night and Day

    Virginia Woolf

  • I passed to the county-court, and looked over the docket—no new divorce cases met my gaze.

British Dictionary definitions for county court

county court

  1. (in England) a local court exercising limited jurisdiction in civil matters
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