Definition of magistrate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmædʒɪstreɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmædʒɪstreɪt//
People in law
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an official who acts as a judge in the lowest courts of law synonym Justice of the Peace a magistrates’ court to come up before the magistrates See related entries: People in law Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin magistratus ‘administrator’, from magister ‘master’.Extra examples A magistrate ordered that they return to the UK. A thief who stole power tools from a store later sold them in a pub, Whitby magistrates heard yesterday. He is due to appear before magistrates in connection with a public order offence. He is due to appear before magistrates on a charge of assault. Magistrates adjourned the case until June 9. Magistrates banned him from driving for thirty days. Magistrates granted the application for a drinks licence. Magistrates imposed an Anti-Social Behaviour Order. Magistrates sitting in Andover imposed a three-year sentence. The magistrate ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence. The man had a history of violence, magistrates heard yesterday. He was remanded in custody by Newcastle magistrates yesterday. She was granted bail by Liverpool magistrates. Ten people are due to appear before magistrates today accused of drugs offences. The prosecutor submits a dossier to an examining magistrate. a magistrate’s court
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