criminal court

noun

Definition of criminal court

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

Examples of criminal court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those who make such recordings can be prosecuted in criminal court and can also be sued for damages. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Everyone on the call must agree when cell phone conversations are recorded, court rules," 2 Apr. 2021 Rowader would not discuss whether city officials consulted with the criminal court on the timing of the settlement. Liz Navratil, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis City Attorney: Timing of George Floyd lawsuit settlement reflected need to act fast," 18 Mar. 2021 Evers’ administration on Tuesday also clarified that all clergy are eligible now, as well as judges, prosecutors, public defenders and other essential criminal court personnel. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Fauci award, John Denver, isolation outreach: News from around our 50 states," 17 Mar. 2021 The charges against the Houston operation have been pending before the state Marijuana Control Board for over a year, which is where any decisions should be made instead of criminal court, Franklin said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Houston marijuana operation accused of using pesticides, falsifying records in rare criminal case," 5 Mar. 2021 New York City alone is bogged down with about 49,000 pending criminal court cases, while Maine has 22,000 pending criminal cases, officials say. Melissa Chan, Time, "'I Want This Over.' For Victims and the Accused, Justice Is Delayed as COVID-19 Snarls Courts," 22 Feb. 2021 Days later, a criminal court judge, Franklin Bynum, dismissed the case for lack of probable cause. New York Times, "The Vaccine Had to Be Used. He Used It. He Was Fired.," 10 Feb. 2021 And for most of those years, save the last 30, the police killed Black people, and Black people didn’t recover anything in the civil court or get criminal justice in the criminal court. Washington Post, "‘We can’t engage in the intellectual justification of discrimination,’ says lawyer representing George Floyd's family," 8 Dec. 2020 His experience is largely in criminal court, along with previous stints in juvenile and drug courts. Abby Simons, Star Tribune, "Who's who in the courtroom during the Derek Chauvin trial," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of criminal court

1605, in the meaning defined above

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“Criminal court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criminal%20court. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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criminal court

noun

Legal Definition of criminal court

: a court that has jurisdiction to try criminal defendants

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