police court


Definition of police court 

: a court of record that has jurisdiction over various minor offenses (such as breach of the peace) and the power to bind over for trial in a superior court or for a grand jury persons accused of more serious offenses

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Alexander Mullowney, a police court judge in Washington, DC, urged women to protect themselves on the streets and promised them impunity in his courtroom. Longreads, "Every Woman Her Own Bodyguard," 10 Jan. 2018 Godwin, who has a police court record, was sentenced to five months on the chain gang by Recorder Ivey this morning. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Where Did My Infamous Ancestor Come From?," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of police court

1762, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of police court 

: a court of record in some states that has jurisdiction over various minor offenses and the power to bind over those accused of more serious offenses

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