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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 1610, and perhaps as a consequence of the controversy surrounding the company's St Christopher performance at Gowthwaite Hall, Pant, who was apprenticed to Christopher Simpson, complained at the Topcliffe Quarter Sessions "that he hath not bene imployed in his occupation according to the Covenantes of his Indenture made betwene him & his said Mr", and therefore wished to be freed from his bond to Simpson (NRQSM 2/2 fol.
Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Sept.
To achieve this more limited and short-term goal, it was not necessary to bring a lengthy and expensive suit to the ecclesiastical courts or even to the courts of quarter sessions, as that would involve both time and money.
None the less we might wonder what value there is in such marginal records as a punishment at Glastonbury, where a 1617 Quarter sessions Roll item orders: 'That the said Nicholas Ruddock and Katheren Chauker shalbe both whipped through the Highe Street of Glaston aforesaid vntill their boddies shalbe both bloody and that there shalbe during the time of their whipping two fiddles playeing before them in regard to make knowne their lewdnes in begetting the said base child vppon the sabboth day coming from danceing' (i, 133).
04TWOmen pleaded guilty to burglary at Cheshire Quarter Sessions.
At Cardiff Quarter Sessions yesterday the Recorder, Mr Alun Talfan Davies QC, was told the trouser leg belonged to Roger Roberts, of Whitchurch, Cardiff, who admitted stealing a collection box containing 10s 6d and entering the woman's home, as a trespasser, and stealing PS2 10s 6d in cash.
He was later appointed chairman of the Royal Commission to examine assizes and quarter sessions, and eventually proposed a mass reorganisation of the court system involving the setting up of regional courts in cities including Birmingham.
In 1797, the punishment of Thomas Cotton of Birmingham, who was found guilty at the Warwick Quarter Sessions of attempted rape, included a spell at the Warwick pillory.
Staff from Warwickshire County Council's heritage education team, which organised the event trawled records from the now defunct quarter sessions to find two trials which took place at the court during the 1850s for the pupils to recreate.
Extended power was vested in the Justices of the Peace and this body was authorized to sit collectively at Court of Quarter Sessions.
Today's number one: A Good Heart - Feargal Sharkey 50 years ago AT Middlesbrough Quarter sessions a man described as the most persistent thief in Middlesbrough was sentenced to eight years 'preventive detention'.