Police court
Police Po*lice", n. [F., fr. L. politia the condition of a state, government, administration, Gr. ?, fr. ? to be a citizen, to govern or administer a state, fr. ? citizen, fr. ? city; akin to Skr. pur, puri. Cf. {Policy} polity, {Polity}.] 1. A judicial and executive system, for the government of a city, town, or district, for the preservation of rights, order, cleanliness, health, etc., and for the enforcement of the laws and prevention of crime; the administration of the laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town, or borough. [1913 Webster]

2. That which concerns the order of the community; the internal regulation of a state. [1913 Webster]

3. The organized body of civil officers in a city, town, or district, whose particular duties are the preservation of good order, the prevention and detection of crime, and the enforcement of the laws. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mil.) Military police, the body of soldiers detailed to preserve civil order and attend to sanitary arrangements in a camp or garrison. [1913 Webster]

5. The cleaning of a camp or garrison, or the state ? a camp as to cleanliness. [1913 Webster]

{Police commissioner}, a civil officer, usually one of a board, commissioned to regulate and control the appointment, duties, and discipline of the police.

{Police constable}, or {Police officer}, a policeman.

{Police court}, a minor court to try persons brought before it by the police.

{Police inspector}, an officer of police ranking next below a superintendent.

{Police jury}, a body of officers who collectively exercise jurisdiction in certain cases of police, as levying taxes, etc.; -- so called in Louisiana. --Bouvier.

{Police justice}, or {Police magistrate}, a judge of a police court.

{Police offenses} (Law), minor offenses against the order of the community, of which a police court may have final jurisdiction.

{Police station}, the headquarters of the police, or of a section of them; the place where the police assemble for orders, and to which they take arrested persons. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • police court — n: a court of record in some states that has jurisdiction over various minor offenses and the power to bind over those accused of more serious offenses Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. police court …   Law dictionary

  • police-court — policeˈ court noun A former name for a borough court • • • Main Entry: ↑police …   Useful english dictionary

  • police court — police′ court n. law an inferior court empowered to try persons accused of minor offenses and to hold those charged with more serious crimes for trial in superior court • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • police court — n. in some U.S. states, an inferior court with jurisdiction over minor offenses and misdemeanors, and the power to hold for trial those charged with felonies …   English World dictionary

  • police court — court for misdemeanors, court that conducts trials for minor offenses …   English contemporary dictionary

  • police court — /pəˈlis kɔt/ (say puh lees kawt) noun (formerly) a court of summary jurisdiction, especially one presided over by a police magistrate, a magistrate drawn from the police force …   Australian English dictionary

  • police court — an inferior court with summary jurisdiction for the trial of persons accused of any of certain minor offenses, and with power to examine those charged with more serious offenses and hold them for trial in a superior court or for a grand jury.… …   Universalium

  • police court — noun a court that has power to prosecute for minor offenses and to bind over for trial in a superior court anyone accused of serious offenses • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑court, ↑tribunal, ↑judicature …   Useful english dictionary

  • police court — noun Date: 1823 a court of record that has jurisdiction over various minor offenses (as breach of the peace) and the power to bind over for trial in a superior court or for a grand jury persons accused of more serious offenses …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • police court — A local court. 20 Am J2d Cts § 30. A municipal court for the summary trial of petty offenders and violators of city ordinances …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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