Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: magistratus, from magister 'master'

magistrate

noun
     
ma‧gis‧trate [countable]
SCL someone, not usually a lawyer, who works as a judge in a local court of law, dealing with less serious crimes [= Justice of the Peace]
WORD FOCUS: court WORD FOCUS: court
people in a court of law: judge, magistrate, jury, defence British English/defense American English, prosecution, defendant, witness, attorney, lawyer, barrister British English, solicitor British English, district attorney American English

what happens in a court case:At the beginning of the trial, the person who is accused pleads guilty or not guilty to the charges against them. The lawyers for the prosecution try to prove that the defendant is guilty, and the lawyers for the defence try to prove that their client is innocent. The judge and the jury examine the evidence and listen to the testimony of the witnesses. At the end of the trial, the judge then sums up the case, and the jury then gives their verdict. If the person is found guilty, the judge sentences them to a period of time in prison, or orders them to pay a fine. If the person is found not guilty, they are released.
court

See also
court
Word of the Day
The LAW
Word of the Day is:

Other related topics