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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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A fresh piece of evidence discovered by the detectives since the police court proceedings was a long, almost new piece of blotting-paper.
The nongovernment organization for migrants reported that Teehankee had been convicted of usury by the Geneva police court because he paid his Filipino maid only 12 percent of the minimum wage in Geneva.
Molloy went home with a wound on the head and spent Christmas there, giving evidence in the police court in the New Year, when Inman appeared there on charges of assault with intent to rob.
Much of the information is from the Police Court, which was not a court of record but that the newspapers covered extensively.
1897: Marlborough Street Police Court in London fined taxi driver George Smith PS1, making him the first person in Britain to be convicted for drink-driving.
Today, when the man appeared at the local police court charged with damaging the window and wearing the ribbon of the Military medal and 1914-15 Star, whereas he was only entitled to the General Service and Victory medals, he kept the Stipendiary Magistrate and a large bench of magistrates in roars of laughter.
On 28 April 1903 a large crowd gathered at Winnipeg's James Street police court in anticipation of nearly two dozen cases set to be heard on that morning's docket.
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.
at the Worship-street Police Court, with stealing a chest of tea, value 12/.
A source told Zimbabwe's Radio VoP: "He has been convicted and sentenced to 10 days in prison by the police court but has since made an appeal to the police commissioner.
The Ombudsman and Human Rights Office of Public Security Department (PSD) referred 10 cases to Police Court in 2009 , said , its director , Brigadier Maher Sheishani, to our correspondent on Friday.
Mohammed al-Khatib said the six officers suspected of beating Kreishan and al-Saud have been detained and will be tried in a police court.