con·sta·ble /'kän-stə-bəl, 'kən-/ n [Old French conestable military commander, chief of the royal household, from Late Latin comes stabuli, literally, officer of the stable]: a public officer usu. of a town or township responsible for keeping the peace and for minor judicial duties

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

index peace officer

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

1. a person who has undertaken to serve the Crown as an officer of the peace. Now in the UK a police officer.
2. an elected position, similar to mayor, in the parishes of the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, bringing with it the right to a seat in the local legislative assembly.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A peace officer for a particular geographic area — most often a rural county — who commonly has the power to serve legal papers, arrest lawbreakers, and keep the peace. Depending on the state, a constable may be similar to a marshal or sheriff.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

An official of a municipal corporation whose primary duties are to protect and preserve the peace of the community.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An official of a municipal corporation whose primary duties are to protect and preserve the peace of the community.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   a law officer for a particular area such as a rural township, much like a sheriff (who serves a county) and usually elected, who is responsible for such duties as serving summonses, complaints, subpenas, and court orders, assisting the local court, as well as "keeping the peace." In England this was an exalted position as law enforcement chief for an extensive area, but in the United States the office of constable is a dying breed, like Justice of the Peace.
   See also: sheriff

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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