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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sessions of the peace — A court of record held before two or more justices of the peace for the execution of the authority given them by their commission and certain acts of Parliament. People v Powell (NY) 14 Abb Pr 91, 93 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace — Formerly, a court of criminal jurisdiction in New Jersey. In English law, a court of criminal jurisdiction held in each county once in every quarter of a year, but in the county of Middlesex twice a month. When held at other times than quarterly …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace — Formerly, a court of criminal jurisdiction in New Jersey. In English law, a court of criminal jurisdiction held in each county once in every quarter of a year, but in the county of Middlesex twice a month. When held at other times than quarterly …   Black's law dictionary

  • clerks of the general sessions of the peace — Clerks of the courts of common pleas, known as county clerks, in England and in the American colonies, who were also ex officio clerks of the general sessions of the peace and registers of deeds in their respective counties …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • quarter sessions of the peace — See court of quarter sessions of the peace …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • court of quarter sessions of the peace — A minor English court held quarterly in each county and presided over therein by two justices of the peace …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace — Formerly, a court of criminal jurisdiction in the state of Pennsylvania, having power to try misdemeanors, and exercising certain functions of an administrative nature …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace — Formerly, a court of criminal jurisdiction in the state of Pennsylvania, having power to try misdemeanors, and exercising certain functions of an administrative nature …   Black's law dictionary

  • Clerk of the Peace — A clerk of the peace held an office in England and Wales whose responsibility was the records of the Quarter Sessions and the framing of presentments and indictments. They had legal training, so that they could advise justices of the peace.… …   Wikipedia

  • Clerk of the Peace — In English law, an officer whose duties are to officiate at sessions of the peace, to prepare indictments, and to record the proceedings of the justices, and to perform a number of special duties in connection with the affairs of the county.… …   Black's law dictionary

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