Sessions of the peace
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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