criminal court


Definition of criminal court 

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

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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 The Yolo County District Attorney's Office asked Campos to be moved to adult criminal court. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Murder charges filed in case of missing Yolo County teens," 11 June 2018 Reina, 40, was taken to federal criminal court in nearby McAllen at 3 a.m. and charged with crossing the border illegally. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "What it took to reunite one immigrant family separated under U.S. 'zero tolerance' policy," 12 July 2018 In the past, such cases often were handled administratively, not in criminal court. Dakota Smith,, "Garcetti joins mayors' protest outside Texas holding facility for migrant teens," 21 June 2018 Under federal law, immigrants are not guaranteed legal representation in immigration court, but anyone accused of a crime has the right to an attorney in criminal court. Nina Agrawal,, "L.A. County approves $31-billion budget, adding funds for four immigration lawyers," 26 June 2018 Another lawyer identified parents separated from their children at criminal court hearings in McAllen, and Goodwin then followed up with them in custody to collect information about their cases and their children., "Democratic lawmakers want plan to reunite immigrant families," 23 June 2018 The Trump Administration has made a decision to enforce all of our laws by prosecuting adults in criminal court when they're apprehended crossing our borders illegally. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Head of GOP campaign committee calls on Trump to stop separating children from parents," 19 June 2018

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Legal Definition of criminal court 

: a court that has jurisdiction to try criminal defendants

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