magistrate


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a public official who decides cases brought before a court of law in order to administer justice

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a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses)

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'Here, ma'am?' said the magistrate. 'Where, ma'am?'
A duel in Ipswich!' said the magistrate, perfectly aghast at the notion.
"We have started!" said the examining magistrate, surprised at seeing us still in the carriage.
He moved nearer to the examining magistrate and, drawing a copy of the "Matin" from his pocket, he showed it to him and said:
The governor, who is the executive magistrate, is appointed by the legislature; is chancellor and ordinary, or surrogate of the State; is a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals, and president, with a casting vote, of one of the legislative branches.
In Delaware, the chief executive magistrate is annually elected by the legislative department.
A third ill effect of the exclusion would be, the depriving the community of the advantage of the experience gained by the chief magistrate in the exercise of his office.
Without supposing the personal essentiality of the man, it is evident that a change of the chief magistrate, at the breaking out of a war, or at any similar crisis, for another, even of equal merit, would at all times be detrimental to the community, inasmuch as it would substitute inexperience to experience, and would tend to unhinge and set afloat the already settled train of the administration.
'What's a magistrate in this case, but an impertinent, unnecessary, unconstitutional sort of interference?
Not very well knowing, as it seemed, how to overcome this difficulty, the other man contented himself with damning the magistrates.
But, as it chanced to be immediately under his nose, it followed, as a matter of course, that he looked all over his desk for it, without finding it; and happening in the course of his search to look straight before him, his gaze encountered the pale and terrified face of Oliver Twist: who, despite all the admonitory looks and pinches of Bumble, was regarding the repulsive countenance of his future master, with a mingled expression of horror and fear, too palpable to be mistaken, even by a half-blind magistrate.
'Stand a little away from him, Beadle,' said the other magistrate: laying aside the paper, and leaning forward with an expression of interest.
The magistrate cast a glance at a small note at the top of his papers.
And, pulling out the drawer to its full length, the magistrate at first alighted on about twenty bulbs, carefully arranged and ticketed, and then on the paper parcel, which had remained in exactly the same state as it was when delivered by the unfortunate Cornelius de Witt to his godson.
But if we consider this matter in another point of view, it will appear to require great caution; for when the advantage proposed is trifling, as the accustoming the people easily to abolish their laws is of bad consequence, it is evidently better to pass over some faults which either the legislator or the magistrates may have committed; for the alterations will not be of so much service as a habit of disobeying the magistrates will be of disservice.