assizes


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
References in classic literature ?
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. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is condemned I shall be forced to use it.
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.
I'll pretend I'm come to look on at the assizes; he can't object to that.
"I had speedy proofs that the excellent abbe was engaged in my behalf, for the rigors of my imprisonment were alleviated by many trifling though acceptable indulgences, and I was told that my trial was to be postponed to the assizes following those now being held.
It may be that your name is being called even at this very moment at the Great Assize. Repent while there is still time.
But when, at the Assize Court, he brought in the key to the whole case, he did not tell the whole truth.
Henry died ten days later, and, after an inquest returned a verdict of manslaughter, Sarah was committed to the Assizes for trial and appeared before Mr Justice Day at St George's Hall the following month.
Barrister Laurent Pettiti was speaking on the third day of the 62-year-old's murder trial in his absence at the Paris Assizes yesterday.
1689: The death - in the Tower of London - of the despised Judge Jeffreys, who sentenced more than 300 to death at his "bloody assizes".
| 1966: Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the Moors murderers, were found guilty at Chester Assizes and sentenced to life imprisonment.