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police court,

court with jurisdiction limited to minor offenses, chiefly the least grave misdemeanorsmisdemeanor,
in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent.
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 and breaches of municipal ordinances. In practice the trial is usually held before a judge sitting without a jury. A police court may also examine persons accused of felonyfelony
, any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law. In early English law a felony was a heinous act that canceled the perpetrator's feudal rights and forfeited his lands and goods to the king, thus depriving
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 and commit them to jail pending indictmentindictment
, in criminal law, formal written accusation naming specific persons and crimes. Persons suspected of crime may be rendered liable to trial by indictment, by presentment, or by information.
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 and trial or release them on reasonable bailbail,
in law, procurement of release from prison of a person awaiting trial or an appeal, by the deposit of security to insure his submission at the required time to legal authority.
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. Magistrate's court, justice's court, and municipal court are other names for the police court.
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1897: Marlborough Street Police Court in London fined taxi driver George Smith PS1, making him the first person in Britain to be convicted for drink-driving.
June 2, 1924: Vandalism isn't just a modern problem for three youths appeared before Huddersfield Police Court accused of damaging the war memorial in Greenhead Park.
1897: Marlborough Street Police Court in London fined taxi driver George Smith pounds 1, making him the first person in Britain to be convicted for drink-driving.
at the Worship-street Police Court, with stealing a chest of tea, value 12/.
A source told Zimbabwe's Radio VoP: "He has been convicted and sentenced to 10 days in prison by the police court but has since made an appeal to the police commissioner.
The Ombudsman and Human Rights Office of Public Security Department (PSD) referred 10 cases to Police Court in 2009 , said , its director , Brigadier Maher Sheishani, to our correspondent on Friday.
Mohammed al-Khatib said the six officers suspected of beating Kreishan and al-Saud have been detained and will be tried in a police court.
THE ALIPUR police court in Kolkata on Friday sent a showcause notice to the city police commissioner for non- compliance of an arrest warrant issued by the court about two years ago.
AT Penarth police court on Monday, before Colonel Guthrie and Major Thornley Henry Rendell, a dock hobbler, and Louisa Rendell, of Harriet Street, Cogan, were summoned for cruelty to their four children, whose ages ranged from seven years downward.
Louis, one of those conflicts led to an appearance in police court.
But officials at the state's Putnam police court said the case had now been rescheduled to January 8 after Richey was taken to hospital from jail early yesterday - hours before his hearing.
He was also still testifying in residual police court cases.