A local court, as in England or the U.S., that sits quarterly; specif., an English local court having civil and criminal jurisdiction, except in cases involving the most serious crimes.
The assizes are held at Enniskillen, quarter sessions at Enniskillen and Newtownbutler.
It has one court of quarter sessions and is divided into fifteen petty sessional divisions.
The boroughs of Derby, Chesterfield and Glossop have separate commissions of the peace, and that of Derby has also a separate court of quarter sessions.
The justices were authorized to fix wages at the Easter quarter sessions.
The great sessions for the county were during their whole existence from 1542 to 1830 held at Cardiff, but the assizes (which replaced them) have since then been held at Swansea and Cardiff alternately, as also are the quarter sessions for Glamorgan.