police court
police court n: a court of record in some states that has jurisdiction over various minor offenses and the power to bind over those accused of more serious offenses

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

police court
n.
A local or municipal court with jurisdiction over minor criminal matters.

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


police court
A court that handles minor criminal offenses, and that conducts hearings for more serious criminal cases, to determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to a higher court for trial.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

police court
n.
   in some states a type of municipal court which handles misdemeanors (minor crimes) and traffic violations, as well as conducting arraignments (first appearances) and preliminary hearings of those accused of felonies to decide if there is cause to send the defendant to a higher court for trial. Police courts only handle criminal cases-unlike those municipal courts which also have jurisdiction over some civil cases.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Police court — Police Po*lice , n. [F., fr. L. politia the condition of a state, government, administration, Gr. ?, fr. ? to be a citizen, to govern or administer a state, fr. ? citizen, fr. ? city; akin to Skr. pur, puri. Cf. {Policy} polity, {Polity}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • police-court — policeˈ court noun A former name for a borough court • • • Main Entry: ↑police …   Useful english dictionary

  • police court — police′ court n. law an inferior court empowered to try persons accused of minor offenses and to hold those charged with more serious crimes for trial in superior court • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • police court — n. in some U.S. states, an inferior court with jurisdiction over minor offenses and misdemeanors, and the power to hold for trial those charged with felonies …   English World dictionary

  • police court — court for misdemeanors, court that conducts trials for minor offenses …   English contemporary dictionary

  • police court — /pəˈlis kɔt/ (say puh lees kawt) noun (formerly) a court of summary jurisdiction, especially one presided over by a police magistrate, a magistrate drawn from the police force …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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.… …   Universalium

  • police court — noun a court that has power to prosecute for minor offenses and to bind over for trial in a superior court anyone accused of serious offenses • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑court, ↑tribunal, ↑judicature …   Useful english dictionary

  • police court — noun Date: 1823 a court of record that has jurisdiction over various minor offenses (as breach of the peace) and the power to bind over for trial in a superior court or for a grand jury persons accused of more serious offenses …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • police court — A local court. 20 Am J2d Cts § 30. A municipal court for the summary trial of petty offenders and violators of city ordinances …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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