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people’s court, noun phrase

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Also with initial capitals.
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EnglishShow more Special senses of general English.
1. obsolete. Any of several proposed minor courts in black urban areas, to consist of persons appointed by the Minister (under the Community Councils Act No.125 of 1977), with powers similar to those of traditional chiefs. Also attributive.
Note:
These courts were never established.
1980 M. Tyala in E. Prov. Herald 2 MayCommunity Councils in Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and Uitenhage have accepted a proposal by the Department of Co-operation and Development to establish judicial ‘peoples’ courts’ in the African townships.
1980 R. Nuttall in E. Prov. Herald 10 July 2The introduction of people’s courts in black urban areas came a step nearer yesterday...The measure..will confer on selected blacks the same judicial powers as headmen or tribal chiefs.
2. small claims court.
1983 Rand Daily Mail 21 Oct. 8People’s courts..could enable the ordinary man to afford recourse to the judicial process.
1984 E. Prov. Herald 28 Mar. 5The ‘people’s courts’ will deal with claims of up to R700 and there will be no legal representation.
3. An unofficial court set up by a vigilante group in a black (urban) area, ostensibly to re-establish law and order; DC noun2; disciplinary committee sense b; kgotla sense 6 a. Also attributive. See also street committee.
1984 Frontline Feb. 13Apart from the police and formal court structure, there are unofficial ‘people’s courts’ operating under the authority of rural chiefs.
1994 [see modelling].
Any of several proposed minor courts in black urban areas, to consist of persons appointed by the Minister (under the Community Councils Act No.125 of 1977), with powers similar to those of traditional chiefs. Also attributive.
small claims court.
An unofficial court set up by a vigilante group in a black (urban) area, ostensibly to re-establish law and order; DCnoun; disciplinary committeeb; kgotla6 a. Also attributive.

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