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magistrate
used in The Glass Castle

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Definition
a judge or judicial official
The exact meaning of magistrate varies widely depending upon the context. For example:
  • in the U.S. federal court:  assists district court judges by handling minor offenses or administrative tasks such as preliminary hearings (often referred to as a magistrate judge rather than just a magistrate)
  • in some U.S. states:  a judge in the state court
  • in France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and other civil law countries:  a sitting magistrate is a judge and a standing magistrate is a prosecutor
  • in England:  may be a volunteer without formal legal training who performs a judicial role with regard to minor matters
  • in ancient Rome:  a powerful officer with both judicial and executive power
  • He told Dad that the whole family would need to come down to the courthouse the next morning and see the magistrate.
    p. 89.4
  • The magistrate would get to the bottom of the matter and decide what measures needed to be taken.
    p. 89.4
  • "That's up to the magistrate," he said.
    p. 89.5

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