n official who acts as a judge in the lowest courts; Justice of the Peace 地方法官; 治安官
*The Magistrates' Courts 地方法院
* come up before the magistrate 在地方法院出庭.
1300-1400; Language: Latin;Origin:
magistratus, from magister 'master'
someone, not usually a lawyer, who works as a judge in a local court of law, dealing with less serious crimes
= Justice of the Peace
1. The magistrate fined him ￡50 for driving too fast. 他因为开车太快，法官罚了他五十英镑。