One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in England and Wales) a court presided over by a magistrate or magistrates that deals with minor offences and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones.‘the case got as far as the magistrates' court’‘Westminster Magistrates' Court’
- ‘The matter will remain to be dealt with by the magistrates' court.’
- ‘The IT programme will provide updated computer systems and equipment to magistrates' courts throughout England and Wales.’
- ‘He is expected to appear in Cairns Magistrates' Court on Nov.28.’
- ‘In 1878, the magistrates' courts were given jurisdiction to grant a separation order where a husband had been convicted of assault of his wife, and to order him to pay her maintenance.’
- ‘There is a program in New South Wales now to have liaison people at magistrates' courts to help defendants.’
- ‘Anyone caught without a licence faces a visit to a magistrates' court and a £1000 fine.’
- ‘The hearing at Bow Street Magistrates' Court is expected to last three days.’
- ‘The Appellant was not present in the Magistrates' Court when she was convicted.’
- ‘She pleaded guilty to the these offences at Stratford Magistrates' Court and was sentenced to an 18 month community rehabilitation order.’
- ‘Bills are before Parliament which would allow "paper committals," so that witnesses do not have to give lengthy testimony in the magistrates' courts.’
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