An inferior court having the power to hear the trial of minor criminal offenses and violations of local ordinances.
In some U.S. states, an inferior court with jurisdiction over minor offenses and misdemeanors, and the power to hold for trial those charged with felonies.
Police-court Sentence Examples
Shortly afterwards he was arrested by the French government, and, after a trial at Lyons, sentenced by a police-court magistrate (under a special law passed on the fall of the Commune) to five years' imprisonment, on the ground that he had belonged to the International Workingmen's Association (1883).
For the administration of justice the state has a supreme court and a superior court, each county has a probate court, and some towns as well as the cities have a police court.
A police court has the same jurisdiction as that of a justice of the peace, and, in addition, concurrent jurisdiction with the superior court in certain cases where the title to real estate is not involved and the damage demanded does not exceed one hundred dollars.
In some German states and communes certain dues (such as the dog tax in Saxony), death duties and particularly dues payable in respect of public entertainments and police court fines, are assigned to the poorrelief chest.
Immediately after his arrest Casement was taken to London, and on May 15 was charged at Bow Street police court with high treason, and committed for trial.