criminal court


Definition of criminal court 

: a court that has jurisdiction to try and punish offenders against criminal law

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The new suggested order released Monday includes key provisions requested by lawyers for the indigent defendants who filed the 2016 class action suit and by the two criminal court at law judges who fully support that position. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Judge's new Harris County bail proposal unveiled," 18 June 2018 Sponsor has the right to conduct a background check of any and all records of the potential Winner and Travel Companion, including without limitation, civil and criminal court and police records. CNN, "OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS," 12 June 2018 Unlike criminal court, immigration court does not guarantee people the right to an attorney. Gustavo Solis And David Hernandez,, "About a third of caravan migrants enter U.S., but 'we won’t be happy until the last one of us gets through'," 3 May 2018 The 3-judge Court of Appeals panel hears arguments in the case, and express skepticism of the swift move by the prosecutor and judge in Kosciusko to move Gingerich's case to the adult criminal court. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Paul Henry Gingerich: Another birthday for a boy in prison," 17 Feb. 2015 The Advocate reports the no contest pleas carry the same weight as a guilty plea in criminal court, but can't be used against the men in civil proceedings. Fox News, "Plea deal made in Louisiana State University student death," 6 Sep. 2018 The court services building, which was previously the federal courthouse in KCK, houses community corrections, the jury clerk, juvenile courts and two adult criminal courts. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Second Wyandotte County sheriff's deputy dies overnight from downtown KCK shooting," 16 June 2018 Italy’s highest criminal court upheld his conviction the next year. Frances D'emilio, The Seattle Times, "Court rules Italy’s Berlusconi can run for office again," 12 May 2018 Ogg has appointed attorney John Raley to review the claim by Brown, who was freed in 2015 after the state’s highest criminal court ruled Harris County prosecutors violated his rights by failing to turn over evidence supporting his alibi. Houston Chronicle, "DA Ogg appoints outside attorney to review innocence claim of Alfred Brown," 2 May 2018

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1605, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of criminal court 

: a court that has jurisdiction to try criminal defendants

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