Quarter sessions
Session Ses"sion, n. [L. sessio, fr. sedere, sessum, to sit: cf. F. session. See {Sit}.] 1. The act of sitting, or the state of being seated. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

So much his ascension into heaven and his session at the right hand of God do import. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

But Viven, gathering somewhat of his mood, . . . Leaped from her session on his lap, and stood. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. The actual sitting of a court, council, legislature, etc., or the actual assembly of the members of such a body, for the transaction of business. [1913 Webster]

It's fit this royal session do proceed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, also, the time, period, or term during which a court, council, legislature, etc., meets daily for business; or, the space of time between the first meeting and the prorogation or adjournment; thus, a session of Parliaments is opened with a speech from the throne, and closed by prorogation. The session of a judicial court is called a term. [1913 Webster]

It was resolved that the convocation should meet at the beginning of the next session of Parliament. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Note: Sessions, in some of the States, is particularly used as a title for a court of justices, held for granting licenses to innkeepers, etc., and for laying out highways, and the like; it is also the title of several courts of criminal jurisdiction in England and the United States. [1913 Webster]

{Church session}, the lowest court in the Presbyterian Church, composed of the pastor and a body of elders elected by the members of a particular church, and having the care of matters pertaining to the religious interests of that church, as the admission and dismission of members, discipline, etc.

{Court of Session}, the supreme civil court of Scotland.

{Quarter sessions}. (Eng.Law) See under {Quarter}.

{Sessions of the peace}, sittings held by justices of the peace. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]


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  • Quarter sessions — Quarter Quar ter (kw[aum]r t[ e]r), n. [F. quartier, L. quartarius a fourth part, fr. quartus the fourth. See {Quart}.] 1. One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion; as, a quarter… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quarter sessions — quarter .sessions n [plural] an English law court that was held in the past once every three months …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quarter sessions — ► PLURAL NOUN historical ▪ (in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) a court of limited criminal and civil jurisdiction and of appeal, usually held quarterly …   English terms dictionary

  • quarter sessions — n. Historical a local court, as in England or the U.S., that sits quarterly; specif., an English local court having civil and criminal jurisdiction, except in cases involving the most serious crimes …   English World dictionary

  • Quarter Sessions — The Courts of Quarter Sessions or Quarter Sessions were local courts traditionally held at four set times each year in the United Kingdom and other countries in the former British Empire. They generally sat in the seat of each county and county… …   Wikipedia

  • quarter sessions — Law. 1. an English court of general criminal jurisdiction for crimes less than homicide, held quarterly. 2. (in the U.S.) a court with limited criminal jurisdiction, having local administrative powers in some states. [1570 80] * * * ▪ law… …   Universalium

  • quarter sessions — /ˈkwɔtə sɛʃənz/ (say kwawtuh seshuhnz) noun → court of quarter sessions …   Australian English dictionary

  • quarter-sessions — quarˈter sessions plural noun A court formerly held quarterly by justices of the peace (superseded in England and Wales in 1972 by crown courts) • • • Main Entry: ↑quarter …   Useful english dictionary

  • QUARTER-SESSIONS —    a court held every quarter by justices of the peace in the several divisions of a county to try offences against the peace …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • quarter sessions — noun plural Date: 1566 a former English local court with limited original and appellate criminal and sometimes civil jurisdiction and often administrative functions held quarterly usually by two justices of the peace in a county or by a recorder… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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