- 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.
Origin of police court
First recorded in 1815–25
Also called magistrate's court.
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Examples from the Web for police court
The methods of these police-court lawyers always interest me.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
There was a fearful scandal—arrest, the police-court, fine, and so forth.The Great Hunger
It was urged at the trial in the police-court that jealousy was the cause of the crime.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
Police-court cases on the following Monday were 28½ per cent.The Message
Alec John Dawson
A Monpavon in the police-court, a Monpavon librarian at Mazas!The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)
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