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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.
4) The latest evidence of the Simpson troupe's activities appears to date from January 1616, when eight members of the company were fined as "comon players of Enterludes vagabonds and sturdy beggars" at the North Riding Quarter Sessions: the players punished were George White, weaver, 24, of Egton; John Simpson, cordwainer, 25, of Egton; Richard Simpson, cordwainer, 24, of Egton; Cuthbert Simpson, cordwainer, 18, of Egton--all of whom were described as "Recusantes papales"--and Nicholas Postgate, labourer, 13, of Egton; Edward Concett, tailor, 30, of Egton; Robert Simpson, cordwainer, 7+ of Staithes, and Robert Harbutt alias Cawdmer, husbandman, 7+, of Goteland (North Riding Quarter Session Minutes MS--hereafter NRQSM--2/2 fol.
The indexes are grouped together under the heading Warwickshire Occupational and Quarter Sessions 1662-1866 and relate to unusual historic records kept at Warwickshire County Record Office and previously under used by the public.
Labourers stole their gambling cash TWO labourers aged 16 appeared at Middlesbrough Quarter Sessions charged with stealing 13s 6d (67p) from a gas meter in a house in Nelson Street South Bank.
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.