court of law

noun phrase

: a court that hears cases and decides them on the basis of statutes or the common law

Examples of court of law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Board of Public Works is not a court of law, Davis told Dougherty. Angela Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2024 An Indictment is simply a charging document that must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 7 May 2024 But again, in the aftermath, everyone’s reviewing it and applying a reasonableness standard—that’s the standard in a court of law. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Being Black means your imagination can be used against you in a court of law. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 Tech lawsuits are often obscure even to techies, interspersed with bizarre software terminology that is pretty much meaningless outside of a court of law. Sarah Jeong, The Verge, 22 Mar. 2024 But that argument might not hold much weight in a court of law. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Legal emulation or no, Yuzu may not want to risk finding out in a court of law. Sean Hollister, The Verge, 27 Feb. 2024 Now, after more than two decades of back and forth, the disagreement is finally nearing a resolution in a court of law. Jacob Judah, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of court of law was in the 14th century

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“Court of law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

court of law

: court sense 1
specifically : a court that hears cases and decides them on the basis of statutes and common law compare court of equity

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