traffic court


Definition of traffic court

: a minor court for disposition of petty prosecutions for violations of statutes, ordinances, and local regulations governing the use of highways and motor vehicles

Examples of traffic court in a Sentence

She has to be in traffic court this morning.

Recent Examples on the Web

The Traffic Violations Bureau, also known as traffic court, is on Indianapolis' east side at 8115 E. Washington St. The court is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but it's often closed on holidays such as the Fourth of July. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "How to pay a ticket and what traffic court will cost in Indiana," 11 Oct. 2017 The smaller building, known as Jefferson Station, would hold high-volume courtrooms, like traffic court, as well as a child-care center for people with court business., "Preservationist wants to yank historic designation of building gutted in Portland courthouse project," 4 June 2019 More than 40 states allow the suspension of driver’s licenses for people with unpaid criminal or traffic court debt. Washington Post, "Drivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt," 4 July 2018 Buy Photo All immigration lawyers know the axiom: Handling deportation cases in immigration court is akin to trying death penalty cases in traffic court. Jonathan Lai,, "Most immigrants facing deportation don't have lawyers. N.J. is changing that," 3 July 2018 The protracted nuisance of having to deal with the police officer, then the traffic court, and then the insurance company. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 Does that go for traffic court judges, small claims judges, petty-theft judges? Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 4 Apr. 2018 Another focused on the criminal justice system, helping people navigate the traffic court system and reduce the system’s disproportionate impact on low-income citizens. Casey Quackenbush, Fortune, "How Can You Prepare Design Students for an Uncertain World?," 7 Mar. 2018 Matusevitch contested the ticket and met Stanley again in traffic court Nov. 14. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "He was fined $50 in traffic court but couldn’t seem to let it go. Then a friend allegedly provided a police officer’s personal information.," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of traffic court

1919, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of traffic court

US : a court of law where drivers who have broken traffic laws are punished

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Legal Definition of traffic court

: a local court having limited jurisdiction over violation of statutes, ordinances, and regulations governing the use of roads and motor vehicles

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