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 At a traffic court hearing in December 2013, Kriv used the girlfriend alibi for the first time, authorities now allege. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 3 June 2023 So with the exception of the traffic court citation handed out by the police's Street Crimes unit, no fines were apparently issued on the day of the sweep. Grant Lancaster, Arkansas Online, 11 Mar. 2022 In traffic court this month, defense attorney Steve Roach asked the prosecutor whether Kriv, who made the arrest, would be subpoenaed in his client’s DUI case. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Aug. 2023 The Staten Island native appeared in traffic court several months later, where he was ordered to pay $114 in fines. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2023 But the Sentinel reported last month that there is a 24-year-old Stephen Stafford Jones in Gainesville whose signature on a traffic court document matched the Stephen Jones signatures on Floridians for Equality and Justice’s election filings, according to an expert forensic document examiner. Annie Martin,, 6 Oct. 2021 The court is now on the hunt to hire more hearing officers to preside over more than 6,000 civil traffic court cases a year. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 9 May 2022 Even outside of his job and his chutzpah in traffic court, Kriv’s history is notable. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 3 June 2023 Wooten, who had been the town’s traffic court judge since 2009, resigned in December of 2022, just a week before the Alabama Supreme Court suspended his law license. Ashley Remkus |, al, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of traffic court was in 1896

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“Traffic court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

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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