circuit court


Definition of circuit court

: a court that sits at two or more places within one judicial district

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Despite the ongoing saga, all 14 circuit court judges must meet to make an appointment to replace Spranger until the general election in November. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Karen Spranger wants National Guard, Snyder to stop 'mutiny' against her," 3 Apr. 2018 County attorneys and commonwealth attorneys in most counties have employees known as Victims Rights Advocates who have the primary responsibility to work with and help crime victims in district and circuit court. Steven J. Franzen,, "Column: Victims of crimes have rights," 6 Feb. 2018 The case is sent back to the circuit court to consider if the land is habitat, among other questions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Endangered Species Habitat Check," 27 Nov. 2018 The Free Press reported last year that Watts was the first African-American woman elected as a circuit court judge in Michigan. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Lucile Watts, Wayne County's first black, female judge, has died at age 97," 23 June 2018 According to a Washington Post analysis, Trump’s administration has seen more circuit court judge confirmations, as of September, than any of the past five presidents. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump has gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama had gotten 49.," 27 Dec. 2018 After leaving Starr’s investigative team, Kavanaugh went on to serve in the administration of President George W. Bush and as a circuit court judge. Kevin Freking, The Seattle Times, "Kavanaugh in memo pushed graphic sex questions for Clinton," 20 Aug. 2018 Aldrin’s children, Andrew and Janice, file a petition with probate division of Florida circuit court saying Col. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "Buzz Aldrin Fights Family For Control of His Space Legacy," 25 June 2018 Here is a list of candidates who qualified either by gathering petitions or paying a qualifying fee: Clerk of the circuit court and comptroller: Republicans Gary Cooney and Jayson Paynter. Jerry Fallstrom,, "2 Lake School Board members, one commissioner face challengers as qualifying ends," 22 June 2018

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1708, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of circuit court

US, law : a court of law that meets at two or more places within a particular area

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Legal Definition of circuit court

: a court that sits in more than one place in a judicial district: as
a : a state court usually with original jurisdiction and sometimes with appellate jurisdiction
b : any of the federal courts of appeals not used technically

Note: Before 1948, the U.S. Courts of Appeals were known as Circuit Courts of Appeals.

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