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mag•is•trate



Pronunciation: (maj'u-strāt", -strit), [key]
n.
1. a civil officer charged with the administration of the law.
2. a minor judicial officer, as a justice of the peace or the judge of a police court, having jurisdiction to try minor criminal cases and to conduct preliminary examinations of persons charged with serious crimes.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

magistral linemagistrate's court
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