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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Over the years, this building has served as the village’s police department, fire department, municipal court and central heating plant. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Old jail' to get new life as first Greendale police department/fire station is sold," 26 Jan. 2018 Three county courts and 22 district courts are also closed, and municipal courts are closed outright. Meagan Flynn, Houston Chronicle, "Freezing rain, sleet on the way as Houston remains under winter storm warning," 16 Jan. 2018 The citations carry a maximum fine of $1,000 or 90 days in jail, said Lindsey Sullivan, an administrator at the city's municipal court. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "Missouri Poor People's Campaign rallies in state capital after KC warmup; 76 arrested," 11 June 2018 The powerful image shows eight women staring unflinchingly at the camera inside a courtroom at the City of South Fulton's municipal court, WSB reports. Justin Wilfon, ajc, "City’s law enforcement arm led by African-American women is first for America," 10 June 2018 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

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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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