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

Examples of municipal court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The municipal court handles misdemeanor cases, including domestic violence, and presides over the initial appearance in most felony cases before they are transferred Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Michelle Earley to continue as administrative and presiding judge of Cleveland Municipal Court," 29 Dec. 2020 Mesquite opened its municipal court in the 1950s, as the city was evolving from a small farming town to a booming suburb, as a way to process city fines and citations. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "First Black woman to serve as Mesquite municipal court judge takes the bench," 17 Nov. 2020 Progreso’s municipal court was closed from April to July due to the pandemic, said city clerk Raul Garcia. Vianna Davila, ProPublica, "Restrictions on the South Texas Border Were Meant to Protect People From COVID-19. Then the Handcuffs Came Out.," 19 Dec. 2020 In one of the more extreme tests of the law, a municipal court judge in Santa Barbara ruled in 1973 that a woman who ended her pregnancy by shooting herself in the stomach could not be tried for murder. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "With a woman in prison for a stillbirth, California’s murder law is tested," 16 Dec. 2020 Appelt is a lawyer in private practice who also has served as an alternate municipal court judge in Devine. Elizabeth Zavala,, "Democratic judges leading Republicans in early voting in Bexar County," 3 Nov. 2020 El Paso, Texas, municipal court runoff candidate Lillian Blancas died Monday due to COVID-19. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Candidate for El Paso municipal court dies from COVID-19," 7 Dec. 2020 Senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron of Edinburg High School appeared in municipal court after being charged with class A assault, a misdemeanor, according to The Associated Press. Mark Heim |, al, "Texas high school player who attacked ref charged with class A assault," 5 Dec. 2020 The cases have been spread across many of Hamilton County's 13 municipal court judges. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "First judge to rule on Cincinnati protesters dismisses 35 cases," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of municipal court

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of municipal court was in 1828

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12 Jan 2021

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“Municipal court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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