Quarter-sessions



noun, Law.
1.
an English court of general criminal jurisdiction for crimes less than homicide, held quarterly.
2.
(in the U.S.) a court with limited criminal jurisdiction, having local administrative powers in some states.
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
1.
(in England and Wales, formerly) a criminal court held four times a year before justices of the peace or a recorder, empowered to try all but the most serious offences and to hear appeals from petty sessions. Replaced in 1972 by crown courts See also crown court Compare assizes
2.
(in Scotland, formerly) a court held by justices of the peace four times a year, empowered to hear appeals from justice of the peace courts and to deal with some licensing matters: abolished in 1975

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