Quarter Session Law and Legal Definition

Quarter session as used in English law refers to the meetings that were held four times a year by a county's justices of the peace to transact business. During these sessions they also tried criminal and civil matters as specified by statute. However these quarter sessions were abolished in 1971 and replaced by the Crown Court system. In Scots law, quarter session refers to a meeting formerly held four times a year by the justices to review criminal sentences.