petty sessions

petty sessions
noun (in the UK) a magistrates' court for the summary trial of certain offences.

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  • petty sessions — noun plural : the sessions of magistrates or justices that require no jury and that are held in exercise of summary jurisdiction and similar minor matters * * * Eng. Law. a court of summary jurisdiction for minor offenses that is held without a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • petty sessions — /ˈpɛti sɛʃənz/ (say petee seshuhnz) noun → court of petty sessions …  

  • PETTY SESSIONS —    name given to sessions of justices of the peace to try small cases without a jury …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • petty sessions — Eng. Law. a court of summary jurisdiction for minor offenses that is held without a jury. * * * …   Universalium

  • petty sessions — A justice s court of summary jurisdiction …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Norfolk Island Court of Petty Sessions — The Norfolk Island Court of Petty Sessions is created by the Court of Petty Sessions Act 1960 (Norfolk Island), is the equivalent of most Australian mainland Magistrates Courts or Local Courts. The Chief Magistrate of Norfolk Island is usually… …   Wikipedia

  • Sessions — can refer to: * Quarter Sessions, a periodic court formerly held in counties of England and Wales * Petty Sessions, the lowest level of court in England and Wales * Sessions, an EP by Australian Reggae/Rocksteady band Rogerthat * Sessions… …   Wikipedia

  • Petty sessional division — A petty sessional division was, in England and Wales, the area that a Magistrates Court had jusridiction over. Petty sessional divisions were gradually consolidated in the 20th century (being reorganised in 1953 under the Justices of the Peace… …   Wikipedia

  • petty — adj. (pettier, pettiest) 1 unimportant; trivial. 2 mean, small minded; contemptible. 3 minor; inferior; on a small scale (petty princes). 4 Law (of a crime) of lesser importance (petty sessions) (cf. COMMON, GRAND). Phrases and idioms: petty… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Court of Petty Sessions — noun 1. (formerly in NSW, WA, Tasmania and the ACT) the official name of the court at the lower level of the judicial system. See Magistrates Court, Local Court (def. 1). 2. (in the external territory of Norfolk Island) a court with similar… …  

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