trial court

the court in which a controversy is first adjudicated (distinguished from appellate division ).

1885–90 Unabridged
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trial court
law the first court before which the facts of a case are decided

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But a federal trial court disagreed, to the surprise of many legal observers who closely follow these things.
The trial court sentenced defendant to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from another trial court or from an administrative agency.
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