circuit court


Definition of circuit court

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

Examples of circuit court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group hopes state Attorney General Dana Nessel will take up the cause in circuit court. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "EGLE dismisses challenge to Nestlé water withdrawal permit," 20 Nov. 2020 Dehghani-Tafti this week filed a motion in circuit court challenging Judge Daniel S. Fiore II’s handling of a plea agreement her office offered to a man allegedly found with 50 pounds of marijuana at Reagan National Airport. Washington Post, "Arlington’s top prosecutor, defender clash with judge," 13 Nov. 2020 At the end of September, a circuit court judge in the Northern District of California ruled in favor of inmates and later ordered the IRS to move back its deadline for filing paper returns to Nov. 4. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Millions Still Haven’t Gotten Stimulus Checks, Including Many Who Need Them Most," 30 Oct. 2020 The judge set an arraignment date of Nov. 2 in circuit court. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Westminster Dog Show, Surgeon General cited, Las Vegas casino to debut: News from around our 50 states," 23 Oct. 2020 Clowers asked the circuit court to repeal a constitutional amendment Edwards relied on, to declare the previous elections under the order invalid and to enjoin the next election. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, "Reducing the number of county constables was legal, Supreme Court confirms," 6 Nov. 2020 That includes three Supreme Court justices, 53 circuit court judges, 162 district court judges and two U.S. Court of International Trade judges. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell: Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett a 'capstone' to his judiciary work," 27 Oct. 2020 Republicans said previous committee leaders, including Democrats, have held hearings featuring more than one circuit court nominee. Seung Min Kim Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Trump's imprint on judiciary gives Democrats a playbook — if they win," 26 Oct. 2020 Amendment 3 would change the time that judges appointed to fill a vacancy in circuit court or district court serve before having to stand for election in some cases. Mike Cason |, al, "Here’s 6 statewide constitutional amendments on ballot, and what they mean to you," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of circuit court

1708, in the meaning defined above

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“Circuit court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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