crown court


: a court in England and Wales that exercises jurisdiction over matters formerly heard by the quarter sessions and criminal matters formerly heard by the courts of assize

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Last month the actor appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court to determine whether his case would be heard there or, as is mandated for more serious offenses, sent to the crown court. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 14 July 2022 Deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram determined the case would need to be heard in a crown court and booked a plea and trial preparation hearing at Southwark Crown Court. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 14 July 2022 Under those circumstances, Spacey would likely not be released on bail; he would be held until trial in a crown court, which would not take place for 12 to 18 months under current delays in the system, Stephens said. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 On Thursday, dad Thomas Hughes and stepmother Emma Tustin were convicted after an eight-week trial in the U.K.'s Coventry crown court, according to The Guardian. Nicholas Rice,, 4 Dec. 2021 Emily Rosina Evans-Schreiber, 38, had only about $50 in her bank account when she was given control of her 94-year-old grandmother Rosina Evans’ finances in April 2018, a Northampton crown court heard Friday, according to the BBC. Fox News, 13 Jan. 2020 The rest go to crown courts, where salaried judges alone have the right to sentence defendants to more than a year behind bars. The Economist, 22 June 2019 Bramhall admitted the assaults in a hearing in Birmingham crown court on Wednesday, according to several news outlets. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crown court was in 1827

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“Crown court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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