Definition of magistrate
: an official entrusted with administration of the laws: such asa : a principal official exercising governmental powers over a major political unit (such as a nation)b : a local official exercising administrative and often judicial functionsc : a local judiciary official having limited original jurisdiction (see jurisdiction 1) especially in criminal cases
magistraticalplay \ˌma-jə-ˈstra-ti-kəl\ adjective
Examples of magistrate in a Sentence
chose to take their case before the local magistrate
Recent Examples of magistrate from the Web
In those footnotes, the magistrate judge took several shots at Widmer's lawyer, Michele Berry-Godsey.
A federal magistrate judge recently ruled -- for the second time in five months -- any further appeals by Widmer would be frivolous.
The lawsuit was assigned to a federal magistrate judge Monday, but no hearing date was set.
In a 60 minute hearing at Westminster magistrates court, the case was sent to Southwark Crown Court, with the next hearing scheduled for July 17.
R.L. Gillespie, an acting justice of the peace, was named magistrate to enforce the ordinance.
Yet when Mr. McFarland, 25, made his first appearance before a magistrate judge on Saturday afternoon, he was represented by a public defender.
As the drama was unfolding outside the courtroom, inside magistrates were busy issuing a number of rulings further hemming in the opposition.
A Hobart father listened Wednesday as a magistrate read him his rights, charges and potential penalties.
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MAGISTRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of magistrate for English Language Learners
: a local official who has some of the powers of a judge
MAGISTRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of magistrate for Students
1 : a chief officer of government
2 : a local official with some judicial power
Legal Definition of magistrate
1 : a civil or judicial official vested with limited judicial powers a traffic magistrate
2a : a municipal, state, or federal judicial officer commonly authorized to issue warrants, hear minor cases, and conduct preliminary or pretrial hearings —called also magistrate judge b : an official (as a judge) authorized to perform the role or function of a magistrate magistrate means an officer having power to issue a warrant for the arrest of a person charged with a public offense — Arizona Revised Statutes
Origin and Etymology of magistrate
Latin magistratus magistracy, magistrate, from magistr- magister master, political superior
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