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magistrate

noun [C] uk   /ˈmædʒ.ɪ.streɪt/ /-strət/ UK ( US magistrate judge) us  
C1 a person who acts as a judge in a law court that deals with crimes that are less serious: He will appear before the magistrates tomorrow. Greenway appeared at Bow Street Magistrates' Court to face seven charges of accepting bribes.
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  • He was hauled up in front of a magistrate.
  • If he doesn't pay the fine soon, he'll be up before the magistrate.
  • Paul is a magistrate.
  • I'm doing a course for magistrates.
  • How do you become a magistrate?.
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