district court


Definition of district court 

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

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Circuit and district court judges are federal appointees. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrats’ very limited options for stopping Mitch McConnell’s judicial onslaught," 14 Nov. 2018 The case continues back in district court for the thousands of drivers who are not affected by the arbitration clause. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Lyft drivers sue, argue that they’re employees rather than contractors," 2 Nov. 2018 Children above that age must be returned to their parents by July 26 under the order, issued by a U.S. district court judge in San Diego. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Government moves fitfully, secretly to reunite sundered families," 10 July 2018 There are currently 122 vacancies on district courts and circuit courts of appeals for Trump to fill, out of 856 total. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Senate is a huge problem for Democrats," 8 Nov. 2018 The case was returned to district court, where Breuder is suing for defamation and breach of contract. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, "College of DuPage sues former president for $25 million," 2 July 2018 Last month, a district court sided with Grimm and denied a motion to dismiss the case filed by the Gloucester County School Board. CNN, "Virginia school district seeks to appeal court ruling that Title IX covers transgender discrimination," 1 June 2018 In June 2017, a New York district court awarded $15 million to Elsevier, one of the handful of publishers that control most of the world’s academic journals, in its lawsuit against Sci-Hub and LibGen. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Brett Talley, a nominee for a district court in Alabama, withdrew after several setbacks, including the American Bar Association’s rating of him as not qualified. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "White House Lawyer Reshapes U.S. Courts," 12 July 2018

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1789, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of district court

law : a court in the U.S. in which cases in a particular area are brought to trial; especially : a trial court for cases involving federal law

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Legal Definition of district court 

: a trial court having general or limited jurisdiction in a judicial district: as

a : one of the federal trial courts sitting in a federal district

b : a trial court within a state court system

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