district court


Definition of district court

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

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According to NextEra, legal disputes over the agreements belong in district court because nonbankruptcy federal laws regulating interstate commerce must be considered. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Judge rules against FERC’s jurisdiction over PG&E power contract dispute," 8 June 2019 The appeals court sent the case back to the district court to determine the amounts to be repaid as well as attorneys’ fees. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Globe University, Minnesota School of Business students should get loan refunds, appeals court rules," 3 June 2019 Under the new, permanent procedures, the Senate will allow for two hours of debate after cloture votes on nominees to noncabinet executive positions and district courts, down from 30 hours. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Senate GOP Invokes ‘Nuclear Option’ to Change Rules by Simple Majority," 3 Apr. 2019 The Enquirer, in a lawsuit filed with the district court, argued the council plan violated the city's charter and asked the Ohio First District Court of Appeals to block the investigation unless council agrees to conduct it in public view. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Court: Cincinnati city manager investigation must be public – for now," 17 Apr. 2018 The appellate majority also found that the lower district court's order denying summary judgment was not reviewable following a full trial on the case's merits. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "The 'Blurred Lines' Appeal Failed -- Now What?," 22 Mar. 2018 Finally, this Tuesday, when the appellate panel’s ruling was announced, the Washington Post saw five Mueller prosecutors (including Dreeben) attend a sealed hearing in district court, along with two other unidentified lawyers. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The mysterious grand jury appeal that may be tied to the Mueller investigation, explained," 19 Dec. 2018 Prior to his confirmation to the 6th Circuit, Thapar served as a U.S. district court judge and U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Kentuckian on Trump's short list for Supreme Court," 27 June 2018 President Donald Trump’s executive order halting the separation of migrant families is expected to wind up before Judge Dolly Gee of the district court in the Central District of California. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Sarah Sanders Red Hen, Saudi Women to Drive, U.S. Open Pregnancy: Broadsheet June 25," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of district court

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

district court

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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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