petty sessions

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noun English Law.

a court of summary jurisdiction for minor offenses that is held without a jury.

Nearby words

  1. petty bourgeoisie,
  2. petty cash,
  3. petty jury,
  4. petty larceny,
  5. petty officer,
  6. petty, richard,
  7. petty-fitzmaurice,
  8. petulance,
  9. petulancy,
  10. petulant

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petty sessions

noun

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