This court shares the same purpose and oversees similar matters as the Amtsgericht. However, this UK and Commonwealth legal term is used less frequently as a reliable translation of the German Amtsgericht.
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(UK & COMMONWEALTH) the lowest level of court in England and Wales and some other common law jurisdictions
Murder, arson and rape all start off in the magistrates' court but are very quickly transferred to crown court.