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police court

n. in some states a type of municipal court which handles misdemeanors (minor crimes), and traffic violations, as well as conducting arraignments (first appearances) and preliminary hearings of those accused of felonies to decide if there is cause to send the defendant to a higher court for trial. Police courts only handle criminal cases unlike those municipal courts which also have jurisdiction over some civil cases. (See: municipal court, arraignment, preliminary hearing)

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The police court news columns of the local press are littered with tales of assaults and woundings committed by jealous suitors upon their rivals.
At the Sparkhill Police Court yesterday David Faulkner, aged 20, of Albion Road, Greet, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting Sergeant Candle and Police-constable Dumbleton.
A more adequate view of the British working-class's view of the police is given by the following: "Along the dividing line, there they stand, taking their orders, together with pay and promotion, from the one class, and executing them for the most part on the other, as any police court records will show.
Contract awarded for making folders and envelopes for first operation of local police court.
In 1919 Mrs Faraday took a second bout of legal action against her once dearly beloved and on Thursday, June 12 the couple faced each other at Bootle's police court.
Alexander Wilson, labourer, no fixed abode, who was charged at Coventry Police Court, yesterday, with stealing on April 7 a wallet and contents valued at 7s.
At the Wolverhampton police court yesterday, Philip Hykens Woollison, a refreshment house keeper of Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, was fined pounds 2 and the costs for selling milk from which 24 per cent of the cream had been removed.
Contract awarded for packaging and printing of interim permits for local police court.
At Stourbridge Police Court yesterday, Henry Davies, ganger on the Birmingham Waterworks track, Edward Richards, Thomas Docherty, John Varney, John James and John Robinson, navvie, employed on the same, were charged with being concerned in a disturbance at Clent.
Contract awarded for purchase required forms for local police court
September 10, 1959 Official opening of Colne Valley High School's theatre - reputed to be the largest school theatre in England - was marked by a production of King Henry IV 1897: Marlborough Street Police Court in London fined taxi driver George Smith pounds 1 making him the first person in Britain to be convicted for drink-driving.
Wallace Little (53), described as a commission agent, living at William Street, Hampstead Road, was charged at Marylebone Police Court, London, with assaulting his wife, Alice, by striking her on the head and arm with a hammer, with intent to murder her, and also with threatening to murder her.