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district court

noun, U.S. Law.
1.
(in many states) the court of general jurisdiction.
2.
the federal trial court sitting in each district of the United States.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism
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  • 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.
  • The district court's restriction is scheduled to elapse more than three decades after sentencing.
  • Thus, although the panel vacated the lower court's decision, it ended by endorsing the district court's essential conclusion.
  • Click on a county or city in the map below to go to a specific district court's page.
  • The district court is the state trial court of general jurisdiction.
  • All district court calendars are available through the case management system.
  • On appeal, a federal district court judge affirmed the conviction.
British Dictionary definitions for district court

district court

noun
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)
  1. a federal trial court serving a federal judicial district
  2. (in some states) a court having general jurisdiction in a state judicial district
3.
(in Australia and New Zealand) a court lower than a high court Former name magistrates' court
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