night court


: a criminal court in a large city that sits at night (as for rapid disposition of criminal charges and the granting of bail)

Examples of night court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And night court is huge for me. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2023 Melissa Rauch plays prior Judge Harry Stone’s daughter, Abby Stone, the new night court judge and the sunshine to Larroquette’s gloom. Mark Kennedy, Fortune, 21 Feb. 2023 What is the point of making it about Stone’s daughter, rather than any judge in any night court? Elizabeth Nelson, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2023 John Larroquette, a member of the original cast, reprises his role as Dan Fielding, a night court prosecutor. Annie O’Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 5 Sep. 2022 In addition to its travel court, the Green Valley Justice Court will relaunch in October its night court program, which was suspended during the pandemic. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2022 Fulton officials plan to run night court for years to get their heads above the cresting waters of a judicial backlog. Ben Brasch, ajc, 2 June 2022 Larroquette will reprise his role as Dan Fielding, the former night court prosecutor. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2022 The latest evidence of Trump’s innumeracy has arrived in the form of a late-night court filing by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of night court was in 1934

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“Night court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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