police court

police court, court with jurisdiction limited to minor offenses, chiefly the least grave misdemeanors and breaches of municipal ordinances. In practice the trial is usually held before a judge sitting without a jury. A police court may also examine persons accused of felony and commit them to jail pending indictment and trial or release them on reasonable bail . Magistrate's court, justice's court, and municipal court are other names for the police court.

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