circuit court, noun phrase

Forms:
Also with initial capitals.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Transferred use of English circuit court a court held periodically in the principal towns of Scotland.
A court which periodically travels to country towns and in which a Supreme Court judge hears criminal cases which are beyond the jurisdiction of the magistrates’ and regional courts.
Note:
Cf. British English ‘assizes’.
1832 Graham’s Town Jrnl 16 Feb. 31The Circuit Court will be held at Uitenhage on the 9th April; Graham’s Town on the 18th.
1843 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register (advt)In the Supreme Court of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, It is ordered that Pieter Fredrik Johannes Korsten, Esq. of Stellenbosch, Notary Public, be admitted to act as an Attorney in any circuit court within this Colony.
1887 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 27In 1811 Circuit Courts were established, presided over by two members of the Supreme Court, who visited each district in rotation once a year.
1904 H.A. Bryden Hist. of S. Afr. 41The Earl of Caledon, who governed at the Cape from 1807 to 1811,..established Circuit Courts for the administration of justice among all classes of the community.
1911 E. Prov. Herald 3 Oct.John Msizi, the native who was condemned to death at the Circuit Court for the Cleveland Road outrage, was removed to Bloemfontein under escort.
1930 Friend 25 Aug. 14Circuit Courts will be held in the Free State on the dates and places shown: Fauresmith, Wednesday, September 3.
1961 H.F. Sampson White-Faced Huts 1Murder cases are tried in a periodical Circuit Court, in which a judge of the Supreme Court sits with a jury or, as a rule, with two magistrates or advocates.
1965 C. Van Heyningen Orange Days 45When the circuit court came to Winburg, we often had a dinner party for the Judge and his entourage.
1972 A. Scholefield Wild Dog Running 228The handcuffs bruising my wrists and the weeks in the tronk awaiting the arrival of the circuit court.
1987 Weekly Mail 7 Aug. 7The trial of the 19 men resumed on Monday after a month-long winter recess, switching from the circuit court in Delmas to Court C in Pretoria’s Palace of Justice.
A court which periodically travels to country towns and in which a Supreme Court judge hears criminal cases which are beyond the jurisdiction of the magistrates’ and regional courts.
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