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assizes

formerly in England and Wales, the sessions, usually held four times a year, of the principal court in each county, exercising civil and criminal jurisdiction, attended by itinerant judges: replaced in 1971 by Crown Courts. The term has been used in Scotland and now covers a block of time over which a number of cases are listed to be dealt with by the High Court of Justiciary.
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I give you my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at the Assizes.
It's as well," said the old man; "it's a question whether I shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I should wish to spare Alice the shock.
You are yourself aware that you will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the Assizes.
James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and submitted to the defending counsel.
But when, at the Assize Court, he brought in the key to the whole case, he did not tell the whole truth.
The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter and the Deputy Coroner, Mr Wybergh, remanded John pending his trial at the Assizes.
1966: Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the Moors murderers, were found guilty at Chester Assizes and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Those handled by the Assizes are for cases that carry sentences of over five years.
A tape the vile couple made as their youngest victim, 10-yearold Lesley Ann Downey, screamed and pleaded for mercy was played in court at Chester Assizes in April 1966.
One learned judge at the Glamorgan Assizes in June 1894 said: "Year by year, month by month and almost week by week, Mary Ann Street furnishes chapter after chapter to the criminal annals of Cardiff.
Until 1881, the Court of Assizes was held in its Main Hall and the barred cell and 'cage' in which prisoners were confined can still be seen today.
Former Daily Mirror crime reporter Brian Crowther, now 79, was at Chester Assizes when Brady and Hindley stood trial for their appalling crimes in 1966.