sheriff court

sheriff court
n
(in Scotland) a type of court of law where the sheriff (= a Scottish title for a judge) deals with less serious criminal and civil cases. Serious crimes such as murder are dealt with in the High Court of Justiciary and serious civil cases go to the Court of Session.

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