circuit court


Definition of circuit court 

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

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The Supreme Court would consider that request and (presumably) ultimately decide to take up the case; if any other circuit courts had ruled on DACA by that time, the Supreme Court would probably roll the cases together. Dara Lind, Vox, "A federal appeals court just ruled against Trump on DACA," 8 Nov. 2018 The circuit court has added three new judges and one magistrate in the past three years, but the number of deputies did not increase, analysts wrote in the report. Alison Knezevich,, "Sheriff's deputies in dispute with Baltimore County over wages, staffing, guns and vehicles," 18 June 2018 There are 13 circuit courts across the country, and 94 district courts. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrats’ very limited options for stopping Mitch McConnell’s judicial onslaught," 14 Nov. 2018 Some 5,000 such appeals were filed in the federal circuit courts in the year that ended in March, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Maryland Files Challenge to Matthew Whitaker’s Installation as Acting Attorney General," 13 Nov. 2018 His mother was a Maryland state circuit court judge. Debbie Lord, ajc, "Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court?," 9 July 2018 For several years, courts — not only immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals, but also federal circuit courts — have been trying to hash out where victims of gang violence fit into this schema. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions just all but slammed the door on survivors of domestic violence and gang violence," 11 June 2018 The Department of Justice is appealing the circuit court ruling. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Groups ask judges to tell Wisconsin lawmaker to provide electronic copies of public records," 13 July 2018 The case marks a rare instance in which the court has agreed not only to hear an antitrust case, but also one where no current disagreement exists in the circuit courts. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Supreme Court Will Decide If Apple's App Store Is a Monopoly," 18 June 2018

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1708, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of circuit court

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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