municipal court
municipal court n: a court that sits in some cities and larger towns and that usu. has limited civil and criminal jurisdiction over cases arising within the municipality; also: police court

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

municipal court
n.
A city court with jurisdiction over local matters, including small civil matters and crimes occurring within the city.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


municipal court
A court that typically has authority over minor criminal matters, traffic tickets, and civil lawsuits where a relatively small amount of money is at stake. The rules vary from state to state; in some states, courts that handle minor local matters have other names.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: If, When & Where to File a Lawsuit
Category: Mediation, Arbitration & Collaborative Law
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

municipal court
n.
   a lower court which usually tries criminal misdemeanors and civil lawsuits involving lesser amounts of money than superior, district or county courts. The authority, importance and geographical area covered differ from state to state. In California, municipal courts have county-wide jurisdiction, try misdemeanor criminal cases, conduct preliminary hearings of felonies and try cases up to $25,000, while in many states they only handle cases arising out of violations of city ordinances, traffic and/or small claims.
   See also: court

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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