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quarter sessions

1. (in England and Wales, formerly) a criminal court held four times a year before justices of the peace or a recorder, empowered to try all but the most serious offences and to hear appeals from petty sessions. Replaced in 1972 by crown courts
2. (in Scotland, formerly) a court held by justices of the peace four times a year, empowered to hear appeals from justice of the peace courts and to deal with some licensing matters: abolished in 1975
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For undisclosed reasons a small number of prosecutions were referred to the Court of Quarter Sessions for summary disposition.
44) Once servants were arrested, the magistrate would release them on bail or jail them pending appearances before the Court of Weekly and Special Sessions or the justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions.
Extended power was vested in the Justices of the Peace and this body was authorized to sit collectively at Court of Quarter Sessions.