district court

noun U.S. Law.
(in many states) the court of general jurisdiction.
the federal trial court sitting in each district of the United States.

1780–90, Americanism

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district court
1.  (in Scotland) a court of summary jurisdiction held by a stipendiary magistrate or one or more justices of the peace to deal with minor criminal offences
2.  in the US
 a.  a federal trial court serving a federal judicial district
 b.  (in some states) a court having general jurisdiction in a state judicial district
3.  Former name: magistrates' court (in Australia and New Zealand) a court lower than a high court

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Example sentences
At a minimum, it was easily within the district court's discretion to conclude
  that he should.
It will be months before a district court issues a ruling.
The original district court had wanted more evidence than the government's
  affidavit, but was overruled by a circuit court.
The appellate panel's ruling sends the case back to the district court for
  further proceedings.
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