district court


: a trial court that has jurisdiction over certain cases within a specific judicial district

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The El Paso County district court has sealed the arrest warrant and supporting documentation connected with Aldrich's arrest. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2022 The district court summarily dismissed Killgore’s claims. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 The appeals court could vacate the district court ruling and return the case to the lower court, or rule in favor of the administration based on the merits of the appeal. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2022 After Bailey filed his lawsuit, the district court sided with the sheriff’s office, ruling that the joke constituted incitement. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 But, in the end, the district court rejected the most sinister readings of the personal rating. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2022 After the district court granted the request from House investigators, Ward turned to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 26 Oct. 2022 Marshall’s office filed a notice to appeal about a month later, and the appellate court issued a three-judge panel to hear oral arguments from the AG’s Office and from a lawyer representing the district court’s ruling on Monday. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, 20 Oct. 2022 In July 2021, the district court issued a preliminary injunction preventing the law from going into effect as litigation played out, and an appeals court affirmed that injunction in August 2022. Time, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of district court was in 1789

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“District court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district%20court. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition

district court


often capitalized D&C
: a trial court having general or limited jurisdiction in a judicial district: as
: one of the federal trial courts sitting in a federal district
: a trial court within a state court system

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