quarter sessions

plural noun

: a former English local court with limited original and appellate criminal and sometimes civil jurisdiction and often administrative functions held quarterly usually by two justices of the peace in a county or by a recorder in a borough

Examples of quarter sessions in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Critics have called for the office to be abolished and its functions picked up by the courts, in the same way that the position of clerk of quarter sessions was ended in 2010. Craig R. McCoy, Philly.com, 3 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quarter sessions was in 1538

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“Quarter sessions.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarter%20sessions. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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