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 Biden administration has touted its diverse nominees to the federal bench, including nominating Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim American to serve as a circuit court judge if confirmed. Jack Birle, Washington Examiner, 15 Nov. 2023 The court also agreed to hear the National Rifle Association’s appeal of a circuit court decision throwing out its lawsuit against a New York state official the gun group alleges discouraged insurance companies from doing business with it. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 In May, a state circuit court judge dismissed public employees and institutions from all suits. Anna Clark, ProPublica, 31 Oct. 2023 The case is now remanded to circuit court to consider the jury tampering allegations. Dianne Gallagher, CNN, 17 Oct. 2023 The suspect, Pedro Argote, 49, had been on the run since the Oct. 19 shooting of Wilkinson, a circuit court judge in Washington County who hours earlier had ruled against Argote in a child custody dispute involving his estranged wife. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 26 Oct. 2023 The company lost its case in the D.C. circuit court, and then lost the appeal; the courts ruled that the council’s plan was reasonable under Chevron. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2023 Roughly half of the 16,000 circuit court convictions for driving without a valid license involved Hispanic drivers, according to the information provided by Court Data Technologies from cases filed in 2022. Melissa Sanchez and Maryam Jameel, Journal Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2023 Last week, a county circuit court judge also ruled that the shooter is eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole, CNN reported. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of circuit court was in 1708

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Cite this Entry

“Circuit court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Legal Definition

circuit court

: a court that sits in more than one place in a judicial district: as
: a state court usually with original jurisdiction and sometimes with appellate jurisdiction
: 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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