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Glossary

  • Quarter Sessions:
    Four periods during the year when courts were held before a bench of magistrates and a jury, usually in January (Epiphany), April (Lent), June (Summer) and September (Michaelmas), to try indictable offences. They corresponded roughly to the Quarter Days when certain payments, such as rents, were due. Sessions were replaced in 1971 by Crown Courts. See Criminal Courts.