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 The Daily News and ProPublica reviewed 31 criminal court cases involving the three sons, including more than 800 pages of charging documents, testimony, sentencing orders and protective order requests. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, 11 Nov. 2023 The bill was introduced before it was known that Trump would be charged in federal criminal court. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2023 Licensees are permitted to dispute accusations or negotiate a lesser discipline, much like in a civil or criminal court. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2023 The case polarized the nation for nearly two decades until 2019, when the Supreme Court handed the land over to Hindus for temple construction, while a special criminal court in 2020 acquitted those accused of destroying the mosque. Time, 11 Aug. 2023 Paxton hired Webster, a former Williamson County prosecutor who ran unsuccessfully for the state’s top criminal court, in the wake of the whistleblowers’ report to the FBI. Lauren McGaughy, Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2023 The date of the incident that brought the charges is still unclear, though the warrant for Loya's arrest was issued May 10, according to the Jefferson County clerk of criminal courts. Lorenzo Reyes, The Courier-Journal, 7 Aug. 2023 The criminal courts failed to find White mobsters guilty of assault, arson and murder. Suzette Malveaux, Washington Post, 19 June 2023 For Riyadh, the case is closed — a Saudi criminal court handed out prison terms to eight people, while absolving a number of principal figures that U.S. officials believe played important roles in the operation that led to Khashoggi’s death. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of criminal court was in 1605

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“Criminal court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

criminal court

: a court that has jurisdiction to try criminal defendants

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