from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A British local court of limited jurisdiction that sits quarterly.
- n.pl. A local court in the United States with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a general court of criminal jurisdiction held quarterly by the justices of peace in counties and by the recorders in boroughs.
- n. See under Quarter.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a local court with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions
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