court of claims

noun phrase

: a court that has jurisdiction over claims (as against a government)

Word History

First Known Use

1691, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of court of claims was in 1691

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Cite this Entry

“Court of claims.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

court of claims

often capitalized both Cs : a court (as in Illinois, Michigan, New York, and West Virginia) that has jurisdiction primarily over cases involving claims against the state
capitalized : a former court succeeded by the United States Claims Court see also united states court of federal claims
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