municipal court


Definition of municipal court

1 : a court that sits in some cities and larger towns and that usually has civil and criminal jurisdiction over cases arising within the municipality

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Those who haven't yet paid the tickets can still challenge them in municipal court. Fox News, "City offers $20 refunds for thousands of speeding fines," 17 May 2018 Moriwaki successfully obtained temporary and permanent protection orders against Rynearson in municipal court. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Does Washington cyberstalking law violate free-speech rights? Bainbridge man gets new chance to make his case," 11 Sep. 2018 The fines are set at $100 for a first offense, $150 for a second offense and $200 for a third offense, with fines not to exceed $1,000 for subsequent offenses, as determined by a municipal court judge. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock sets fines for after-hours park users," 19 June 2018 The municipal court is responsible for non-criminal violations that happen in the city of Waukesha, based mainly on local ordinances. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Steven Wimmer the winner for Waukesha municipal judge seat," 3 Apr. 2018 Some of the reorganization included moving one of the current police officers over to the municipal courts as a warrant officer who can also provide backup when needed. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton city officials explain rollback tax election," 11 Feb. 2018 Court Administrator Deana Scott told council members that defendants owe the municipal court system $675,000 in unpaid court fees and fines. David Twiddy, kansascity, "What’s driving Prairie Village to outsource its court collections? | The Kansas City Star," 17 Jan. 2018 At some point Hergenrader will have to return to the municipal court again, Shaw said. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Man runs out of Beaverton court to avoid jail, ends up getting more jail time," 30 May 2018 The judges in Huntsville's municipal court won't hear the criminal case against Councilman Will Culver, who was arrested over the weekend on a DUI charge. Ashley Remkus,, "City judges recuse from Huntsville councilman's DUI case," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of municipal court

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Legal Definition of municipal court

: a court that sits in some cities and larger towns and that usually has limited civil and criminal jurisdiction over cases arising within the municipality also : police court

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