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 for Sessions of the peace
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Session \Ses"sion\, n. [L. sessio, fr. sedere, sessum, to sit:
     cf. F. session. See Sit.]
     1. The act of sitting, or the state of being seated.
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              So much his ascension into heaven and his session at
              the right hand of God do import.      --Hooker.
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              But Viven, gathering somewhat of his mood, . . .
              Leaped from her session on his lap, and stood.
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     2. The actual sitting of a court, council, legislature, etc.,
        or the actual assembly of the members of such a body, for
        the transaction of business.
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              It's fit this royal session do proceed. --Shak.
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     3. Hence, also, the time, period, or term during which a
        court, council, legislature, etc., meets daily for
        business; or, the space of time between the first meeting
        and the prorogation or adjournment; thus, a session of
        Parliaments is opened with a speech from the throne, and
        closed by prorogation. The session of a judicial court is
        called a term.
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              It was resolved that the convocation should meet at
              the beginning of the next session of Parliament.
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     Note: Sessions, in some of the States, is particularly used
           as a title for a court of justices, held for granting
           licenses to innkeepers, etc., and for laying out
           highways, and the like; it is also the title of several
           courts of criminal jurisdiction in England and the
           United States.
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     Church session, the lowest court in the Presbyterian
        Church, composed of the pastor and a body of elders
        elected by the members of a particular church, and having
        the care of matters pertaining to the religious interests
        of that church, as the admission and dismission of
        members, discipline, etc.
     Court of Session, the supreme civil court of Scotland.
     Quarter sessions. (Eng.Law) See under Quarter.
     Sessions of the peace, sittings held by justices of the
        peace. [Eng.]
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