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

Examples of police court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The police court records also describe officers finding the machine gun in Gadson-Scott’s attic that matched the style used in the murder. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2023 Complaints were sworn to yesterday for 171 alleged violators of the traffic laws, who will be brought into police court this morning and punished if they are found guilty. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2021 Vicente Cirildo Guerra, 43, was arraigned Wednesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court in connection with the Jan. 20 shooting that occurred feet from where the suspect worked as a barber, according to police court records. oregonlive, 30 Jan. 2020 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, 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, 3 Nov. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of police court was in 1762

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“Police court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20court. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

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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