A civil officer or lay judge who administers the law, especially one who conducts a court that deals with minor offenses and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones.
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- It is clear that the magistrates heard a great deal of factual evidence and had regard to that.
- In sentencing the magistrates said the offences were so serious that custody was the only option.
- Local residents should serve on juries in the upper courts and as lay magistrates in the lower courts.
late Middle English: from Latin magistratus 'administrator', from magister 'master'.
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- Born in a family of magistrates, he was educated at a Jesuit school, studied the law, and practised in the Rouen magistrature until 1630.
- This organisation of competition for places on the Supreme Court of Justice is done in order to safeguard equality of expectations among candidates from each of the magistratures.
- The old system of public administration and magistratures came under attack and was abolished by 1786.
Pronunciation: /-ˌstrāCHər, -strəˌCHo͝o(ə)r/noun
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