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police court

noun

  1. 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.


police court

noun

  1. another name for magistrates' court
  2. (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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of police court1

First recorded in 1815–25

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Example Sentences

In July, police court filings revealed that Cellebrite’s phone hacking technology has been used to break into 4,000 phones of Hong Kong citizens, including prominent pro-democracy politician and activist Joshua Wong.

In 1827 Charles d'Estourny was sentenced by the police court for habitual fraud in gambling.

Adultery drives to the police court in a carriage instead of standing at the bar to be tried.

But good came out of it all as she witnessed a grand confession to the police court and people who never heard the gospel.

The theft of the records from the police court occurred about ten days after the World had printed the Clarke-Tyler story.

As an instance in the belief of unholy prayers, we give an episode in the Leith police court in 1878.

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