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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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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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