One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A court, especially a magistrate's court, that tries summary offences without a jury.
- ‘Then statutes, and particularly the Customs Procedure Act, started to give jurisdiction to courts of summary jurisdiction which rather indicates it was more a criminal-type proceeding.’
- ‘When they make their decisions in courts of summary jurisdiction they are deciding firstly on the law and secondly on the facts.’
- ‘In fact the undertakers brought proceedings in the High Court, which was not a court of summary jurisdiction.’
- ‘Section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871 says that any court of summary jurisdiction may take cognisance of a complaint that a dog is dangerous and not kept under proper control.’
- ‘A decision of a court of summary jurisdiction discharging a complaint or information has never been regarded with the same sanctity as the verdict of a jury.’
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