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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Recent Examples on the Web The state also recently passed a law requiring that municipal court judges, who handle minor criminal matters, have a law license. Joseph Cranney, ProPublica, "These Judges Can Have Less Training Than Barbers but Still Decide Thousands of Cases Each Year," 27 Nov. 2019 Reardon previously pleaded not guilty to charges of telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing in municipal court in Struthers, near Youngstown., "Man who threatened Ohio JCC online indicted on federal charges," 1 Oct. 2019 Emerson, who handled kickoffs for the Ducks last season, is scheduled to appear for plea at Eugene municipal court Sept. 19. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Following arrest, walk-on kicker Zach Emerson ‘away’ from Oregon Ducks football program," 11 Sep. 2019 Three municipal court judges are running unopposed. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "17 Cuyahoga County mayors running unopposed in 2019 election: See uncontested races in your city," 5 Nov. 2019 Fanon Rucker, 47, spent 12 years as a municipal court judge after being appointed in 2007 by then-Gov. Jason Williams,, "Democrat Fanon Rucker officially jumps into Hamilton County prosecutor's race," 14 Oct. 2019 Journalists, Yeang Sothearin, foreground, and Uon Chhin, left, give an interview in front of the municipal court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cambodian judge orders new probe in reporters’ spying case," 2 Oct. 2019 Gibson said the county has advised municipal court judges of the plan, which should ease crowding at the downtown jail. Courtney Astolfi,, "State inspectors halve Bedford Heights jail capacity, County Council told," 17 Sep. 2019 City hall, a 45-year-old building which houses city council meetings, as well as the police department and municipal court, scored 4.5 out of 10 in the assessment. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball City Council reviewing facilities assessment," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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30 Nov 2019

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“Municipal court.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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