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a local court with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions

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Miscellaneous servants, however, made up four times as many defendants before the Court of Weekly Sessions as before justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions.
The Court of Quarter Sessions was held at Adolphustown in January and July and at Kingston in April and October.
In 1689 the Toleration Act allowed these new congregations to meet, provided that the meeting place was registered with the diocesan bishop or Court of Quarter Sessions.
2) Part of the expansion of what one contemporary termed "cheap and expeditious justice,"(3) individuals suspected of purloining materials faced the summary jurisdiction of local justices of the peace rather than an indictment in an assize court or court of quarter sessions.
Minutes of the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the Midland District, Vol 3, 1841-1849.