quarter sessions

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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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In addition to their judicial duties, the Court of Quarter Sessions transacted a large amount of business.
Analysis of the complaints filed before the Court of Weekly and Special Sessions, as well as of those disposed of summarily by justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions, offer information on the prevalence of breach of service cases among different categories of servants.
Minutes of the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the Midland District, Vol 3, 1841-1849.