Definition of circuit court
: a court that sits at two or more places within one judicial district
First Known Use of circuit court
CIRCUIT COURT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of circuit court for English Language Learners
law : a court of law that meets at two or more places within a particular area
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
Additional Notes on circuit court
Before 1948, the U.S. Courts of Appeals were known as Circuit Courts of Appeals.
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