circuit court

noun

Definition of circuit court 

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

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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 Thursday’s opinion, Brown said, reversed the circuit court on that issue. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, "Serial's Adnan Syed Will Get a New Trial After Murder Conviction Was Overturned, Court Rules," 29 Mar. 2018 After working on the recount that put George W. Bush in the White House, Kavanaugh played a central role in Bush’s administration and was rewarded when his boss nominated him to a federal circuit court. Michael Kranish And Ann E. Marimow, BostonGlobe.com, "From Clinton to Trump: How Brett Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 10 July 2018 After working on the recount that put George W. Bush in the White House, Kavanaugh played a central role in Bush’s administration and was rewarded when his boss nominated him to a federal circuit court. Ann E. Marimow, The Seattle Times, "From Clinton to Trump: How Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 9 July 2018 The case was sent from U.S. appellate court back to a circuit court for review a little over a month ago. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Motion filed by Steven Avery's lawyer to add evidence to Halbach murder case; Avery names two new suspects in affidavit," 7 July 2018 More than 40 federal district and circuit court judges have been confirmed to lifetime appointments so far during Trump's term, and those judges will have enormous sway in shaping legal arguments nationwide. CBS News, "Man on a mission: Mitch McConnell's effort to reshape the courts," 7 July 2018 Like Supreme Court justices, the district and circuit court federal judges are lifetime appointments. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Jeff Flake says he won't stall Supreme Court pick over tariff dispute," 28 June 2018

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1708, in the meaning defined above

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circuit court

noun

English Language Learners Definition of circuit court

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

circuit court

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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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