Definition of summary offence in English:

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summary offence

Entry from British & World English dictionary


An offence within the scope of a summary court.
Example sentences
  • The court deals with summary offences and some minor indictable offences such as shop lifting, property damage and even assault causing bodily harm.
  • Those offences considered least serious are summary offences, triable only in the magistrates' courts.
  • Thus, if the jury acquit the accused of the more serious indictable offence, they may still convict of the summary offence.
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