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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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Despite the importance of the police court in late 19th- and early 20th-century Canadian society, little has been written on the subject in its Winnipeg context.
The year was 1929 and the police court appearance took place October 2, just a couple of weeks before the stock market crashed.
Beverly Miese, a deputy clerk at Putnam Common Police Court, told the Scottish Press Association: "I can confirm that the hearing has been postponed because Mr Richey was transferred to the hospital early this morning.
Behlmer's sensitivity to his evidence is paramount in both of these chapters primarily because his research into the police court and adoption records yields the voices of the working-class recipients as well as the middle-class experts, magistrates, and MPs.
Yesterday, at the Brierley Hill Police Court, before Colonel J W Higgs- Walker and Mr A Shaw, Joseph Jones, aged 60, an ironworks stocktaker, of Victoria Road, Quarry Bank, was charged with the wilful murder of his son-in-law, Edmunde Clarke, aged 26, haulier and master chainmaker, of the same address.
27) Clashes between rival gangs attracted many lurid headlines in the local press, but the police court news columns also contained frequent reports of attacks by gangs upon individuals.
The Priest (a commanding performance by Herm Detering) is so discouraged by ``the savagery of men toward one another,'' as revealed by the proceedings at the police court that he is set to give up his vocation.
Under his proposal, Gordon said the Supreme Court should create a special police court for each city and province across the country to prosecute police officers facing complaints of violations of constitutional rights or the Philippine National Police (PNP) Rules of Engagement.
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