Definition for word magistrates.

Magistrate Mag"is*trate, n. [L. magistratus, fr. magister master: cf. F. magistrat. See Master.] A person clothed with power as a public civil officer; a public civil officer invested with the executive government, or some branch of it. ``All Christian rulers and magistrates.' --Book of Com. Prayer. Of magistrates some also are supreme, in whom the sovereign power of the state resides; others are subordinate. --Blackstone.

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- a magistrate is an officer of the state ; in modern usage, the term usually refers to a judge . this was not always the case; in ancient
- the roman magistrates were elected officials in ancient rome . was the principal executive magistrate his power, in practice, was absolute.
- (northern ireland) 1935 since then, magistrates' courts in northern ireland have consisted of legally-qualified resident magistrates (now
- these magistrates were termed 'lay magistrates' to distinguish them from professional magistrates known as stipendiary magistrates (now
- in the united states federal courts , magistrate judge s are appointed to assist united states district court judges in the performance
- or alcalde ordinario, is the traditional spanish municipal magistrate, who had both judicial and administrative functions.
- in inquisitorial system s of criminal investigation, a judge might also be an examining magistrate . symbols of office: image:diego velázquez
- the magistrates' courts are the lowest level of the court system in south africa . they are the courts of first instance for most
- in the roman republic, the dictator (“one who dictates”), was an extraordinary magistrate (magistratus extraordinarius) with the absolute
- often translated as 'commissioner' or 'magistrate' or 'governor,' was a title assigned to samurai officials of the tokugawa government

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