magistrate magistrate  /ˈmæ dʒə ˌstreɪt/


  • (n) a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses)


  1. But the magistrates are now treating the sale as possible share manipulation, a criminal offense.
  2. Kentucky counties are governed by fiscal courts, odd bodies consisting of magistrates whose functions go back to the days of English squires.
  3. Michele Prestipino, the Palermo magistrate who oversees the investigative unit set up specifically to hunt Provenzano, says secrecy is the key to the Mob leader's elusiveness.


  1. John England III, first African American to serve as a federal magistrate in north Alabama, takes office

    England, 43, who formerly was second in command at the U.S. Attorney's Office, was named in April to an 8-year appointment as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the northern district of Alabama. It is his first job as a judge. He replaces long-time U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Armstrong, who retired Monday.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Birmingham News

  2. Former Warren County magistrate arrested

    A former Warren County magistrate was arrested Saturday following a crash involving a motorcycle near his residence.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Bowling Green Daily News

  3. Magistrate finds probable cause in shooting

    Richard Jamahl Saunders, 22, appears with his lawyer David White before Mercer County Magistrate Susan Honaker for his preliminary hearing Friday. Saunders was arrested June 4 and charged with two counts of attempted murder, eight counts of wanton endangerment, and one count of malicious assault.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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  1. "If it's required we will go back to the magistrate. What we're doing here is applying the law that we operate under in these circumstances," Keelty told Australian radio.
    on Jul 9, 2007 By: Mick Keelty Source: Reuters AlertNet

  2. "Unfortunately, like the previous time on Monday, not only did they refuse to accept my legal representation, they didn't even allow me to go inside the building to see the investigating magistrate," Ebadi said in a statement Thursday, a copy of...
    on Jun 14, 2007 By: Shirin Ebadi Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We suggested to the magistrate that having a settlement conference at this time would not be meaningful," said attorney Daniel Petrocelli, who is representing Disney in the dispute. "There's really nothing to settle."
    on Apr 9, 2007 By: Daniel Petrocelli Source: International Herald Tribune

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