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.

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

Historical Examples of 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

    Johan Bojer

  • 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!

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 courtSee also district court
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