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QUARTER SESSIONS. A court bearing this name, mostly invested with the trial of criminals. It takes its name from sitting quarterly or once in three months.
     2. The English courts of quarter sessions were erected during the reign of Edward III. Vide Stat. 36 Edward III. Crabb's Eng. L. 278.

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Curiously, the Quarter Sessions report in the Morpeth Herald of July 1, 1905 refers to him as William Phusor, a 23-year-old bricklayer, casting doubt on his true identity.
In 1610, and perhaps as a consequence of the controversy surrounding the company's St Christopher performance at Gowthwaite Hall, Pant, who was apprenticed to Christopher Simpson, complained at the Topcliffe Quarter Sessions "that he hath not bene imployed in his occupation according to the Covenantes of his Indenture made betwene him & his said Mr", and therefore wished to be freed from his bond to Simpson (NRQSM 2/2 fol.
Some Newfoundland municipalities even have poll taxes, and the famous three county governments established in Prince Edward Island in 1764 have never actually operated except for the holding of some quarter sessions.
At Cardiff Quarter Sessions, a 17-year-old girl housebreaker from Ely who stole clothing worth pounds 30 while she was already on remand was sent to Borstal for three years.
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Capp eschews the records of the assizes and quarter sessions in favour of the petty sessions and recognizances.
Through a detailed study of recognizances brought before the Westminster Quarter Sessions, the author argues that there was a greater-than-expected degree of unacceptable and therefore prosecuted violence.
But the utility of the quarter sessions is also limited by the fact that qualitative evidence for cases prosecuted at the London sessions of the peace and Middlesex quarter sessions in the form of depositions are virtually non-existent for the eighteenth century.
Gowing's insightful and significant study draws from church court, quarter sessions, assize, and Bridewell records as well as letters and popular literature in order to examine ordinary people's discourses about women's bodies in seventeenth-century England.
The 650-page Dorset Quarter Sessions of 1625-38 was hand-written in Latin 400 years ago.
In Irish-born Pennsylvanian Ann Dougherty's desperate petition at Chester County's Quarter Sessions in 1760 for the freedom of her son, sold away from her to Virginia to pay his passage to America, we see how harsh economic realities and cruel separations were not only found in Ireland (263).
The author's research is extensively based on municipal archives: including the Mayor's Court Book, minutes of the Municipal Assembly and Quarter Sessions, Charity and Hospital accounts, plus Diocesan and Parish records.