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justice of the peace court

  1. :  a local court of limited jurisdiction usually over minor civil and criminal actions, small claims, and some felony preliminaries which is presided over by a justice of the peace and which usually follows summary procedure

Additional Notes on justice of the peace court

Justice of the peace courts were formerly common but now are used or remain active to some extent in only a few states.

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