American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A British local court of limited jurisdiction that sits quarterly.
- n. A local court in the United States with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A criminal court held quarterly in England by justices of the peace in counties (in Ireland by county-court judges), and by the recorder in boroughs, and having jurisdiction of minor offenses and administration of highway laws, poor-laws, etc. In several of the United States a somewhat similar court is known by this name.
- In Scotland, a court held by the justices of the peace four times a year at the county towns, and having power to review sentences pronounced at the special and petty sessions.
- Abbreviated Q. S.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eng. Law) a general court of criminal jurisdiction held quarterly by the justices of peace in counties and by the recorders in boroughs.
- n. (Eng.Law) See under Quarter.
- n. a local court with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions
“Maulbery is one of the towns in Wiltshire ye quarter sessions is kept in, its 8 mile to Hungerford over Savernack Forrest where is many deer.”
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