Quarter Sessions

The Courts of Quarter Sessions or Quarter Sessions were local courts traditionally held at four set times each year in the United Kingdom and other countries in the former British Empire. They generally sat in the seat of each county and county borough.

Quarter Sessions were abolished in England and Wales in 1972, when the Courts Act 1971 replaced them together with the Courts of Assize (Assizes) with a single permanent Crown Court of England and Wales. They were abolished in Scotland in 1975 and replaced with District Courts and subsequently Justice of the Peace Courts.

The Quarter Sessions were named after the four annual meetings they held in England and Wales from 1388. These days were later settled as Epiphany, Easter, Midsummer (The Translation of St. Thomas) and Michaelmas sessions.

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Quarter Sessions - Other Colonial Administrations
... Quarter Sessions were also held in the colony of New South Wales ... existed in North American colonies, sometimes known as Courts of General Sessions, and were held in Pennsylvania until the constitution of that Commonwealth was rewritten in 1968 and the courts ... In India and Malaysia, the Quarter Sessions have evolved into permanent Sessions courts ...
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Soke Of Peterborough - Government - Quarter Sessions
... The liberty justices in Quarter Sessions had long held powers in excess of those of most other Quarter Sessions ... which empowered the Justices of the Liberty to hear assize offences at Quarter Sessions ... of Criminal Appeal quashed a conviction recorded at Peterborough Quarter Sessions ...
District Court Of New South Wales - History
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Clerk Of The Peace - History - England and Wales - The Role of The Clerk in 1841
... Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd in their book, Dickinson's Guide to the Quarter Sessions and Other Sessions of the Peace provide a snapshot of the clerk's role in 1841 ... appointed to assist the justices assembled in Quarter Sessions, to hear and determine felonies and trespasses ... He was responsible to the justices in session for the due performance of its duties ...

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