night court


Definition of 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)

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Recent Examples on the Web Only one person at a time is allowed in the courtroom to address the judge to maintain proper social distancing, and night court remains closed. USA TODAY, "Nail salons, strip club outbreak, Harvard from afar: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2020 The housing docket will resume on April 20, and the night court will resume on April 23. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Have a court date? See whether Cuyahoga and Summit county courthouses have delayed it amid coronavirus spread," 24 Mar. 2020 Gooding pleaded not guilty during a night court arraignment and has been released on his own recognizance, the Associated Press reported. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Cuba Gooding Jr. arrested on suspicion of forcible touching," 14 June 2019 Building a business and a community After his military service, Greg earned his law degree and later became a civil night court judge in New York City. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "A hotel, a war and a family tethered to Phoenix's history," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of night court

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Night court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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