district court


Definition of district court

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

Examples of district court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than create judgeships for each circuit court, though, Congress stipulated that two Supreme Court justices and one local district court judge would sit on circuit court panels. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Why the Supreme Court ended up with nine justices—and how that could change," 20 Sep. 2020 Just last week, Trump offered a short list of 20 potential picks for the Supreme Court that included federal appeals and district court judges, along with several U.S. senators. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "What we know about how Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be replace on Supreme Court," 19 Sep. 2020 Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit group whose members include Asian-Americans who were denied admission to Harvard, has appealed a federal-district court’s 2019 ruling in favor of Harvard. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Harvard’s Admissions Policies Again in Spotlight as Appellate Court Hears Oral Arguments," 16 Sep. 2020 Last month, both Flynn’s legal team and the Justice Department were unsuccessful in trying to convince the full appeals court that the district court judge should be instructed to allow the Justice Department to drop the case. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Outside counsel urges Flynn judge to deny DOJ motion to dismiss case," 11 Sep. 2020 The district court found facts that confirmed the claims made by environmental groups, tribes and whistleblowers. Janet Keough And Paula Maccabee, Star Tribune, "PolyMet permit: Secrecy, manipulation and a low bar for Minnesota agencies," 10 Sep. 2020 Our analysts who focus on district court issues are reviewing the order and will be preparing guidance, if necessary. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Housing advocates, courts, landlords navigate surprise CDC order halting evictions," 2 Sep. 2020 Rittenhouse did not appear Friday during a brief video hearing in Lake County, Illinois district court, where a judge granted Rittenhouse's public defender a 30-day extension. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Homicide charges announced against Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing 2 at Kenosha protests," 30 Aug. 2020 The panel also agreed with the district court’s dismissal of the argument that the transfer of public park property violated the Fifth and 14th amendments. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Obama Presidential Center timeline moves forward after lawsuit dismissed by federal appeals court," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of district court

1789, in the meaning defined above

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“District court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district%20court. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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

noun, often capitalized D&C

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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