circuit court


Definition of circuit court

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

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These bans have been upheld by federal circuit courts, and so far the Supreme Court has not taken any opportunities to review them. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Heller’s Precarious Situation," 12 Sep. 2019 The Public Justice Center is also representing tenants in the action against Westminster, which is still pending in Baltimore circuit court. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Jared Kushner’s apartment company says it rejects deal with Maryland attorney general over rental practices," 4 Sep. 2019 As a circuit court judge, Kavanaugh was bound in almost every case to obey Supreme Court precedent faithfully. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.," 5 Oct. 2018 Five days after Plowman was elected a circuit court judge, Wittmann changed her voter registration to a house in Leesburg, the residence of another prosecutor in her office. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "GOP candidate for top Loudoun prosecutor accused of lying about residency," 27 Aug. 2019 After a short discussion, a circuit court judge extended the case by asking for more documents from Justice’s legal team and Del. Isaac Sponaugle, who filed the suit. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 But the cases were thrown out recently by a circuit court judge because investigators failed to file internal charges before a one-year deadline. Jessica Anderson,, "Federal judge sees path forward for Baltimore’s beleaguered police force: ‘The first green shoots of spring’," 25 July 2019 The last clinic in Missouri that provides abortions will be able to continue providing the service, at least temporarily, after a circuit court judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction preventing state officials from closing it down. John Eligon, New York Times, "Missouri’s Last Abortion Clinic Wins Temporary Reprieve in the Courts," 10 June 2019 But unlike Souede and Moawad, whom the governor named to a ground-floor circuit court, Isaak will ascend directly to the appeals court, without any previous experience as a judge. oregonlive, "Kate Brown taps her top lawyer for seat on Oregon Court of Appeals," 30 Aug. 2019

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1708, in the meaning defined above

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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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