district court

noun

Definition of district court 

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

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In 2003, a motion to overturn the ruling was filed with the U.S. district court in Dallas by an unlikely character: McCorvey herself. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "What is Roe v. Wade? Everything you need to know," 5 June 2018 Federal authorities, unlike their counterparts in the state system, rarely pursue the death penalty, mainly because there are so few capital cases in the U.S. district court. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Fort Lauderdale airport shooter pleads guilty after being judged mentally 'competent' | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 And with a lawsuit filed against Papa Murphy’s in Eastern California district court, Fitzgerald is trying to make sure that number doesn’t get any higher. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Her 6-Year-Old Son Got E. Coli and Went Into Kidney Failure After Eating a Pizza Shop Salad. Now She’s Suing," 15 May 2018 His first appearance in district court is scheduled for June 12. Amanda Watts, CNN, "Uber driver charged in fatal shooting of passenger in Denver," 7 June 2018 Jill Renick's family filed the civil lawsuit in district court in Dallas, saying there wasn't proper planning for flooding at the Omni Houston Hotel, where Renick worked and where flooding had occurred before. CBS News, ""Horrific death": New details on woman's hotel drowning during hurricane," 5 June 2018 The ruling is one decision in one district court and is somewhat limited. NBC News, "Unblocked: Politicians on notice after Trump Twitter ruling," 25 May 2018 Federal authorities, unlike their counterparts in the state system, rarely pursue the death penalty, mainly because there are so few capital cases in the U.S. district court. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Fort Lauderdale airport shooter pleads guilty after being judged mentally 'competent' | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 Both McConnell and Weathermon are expected to be arraigned in district court at 9 a.m. Friday, the next step in their criminal charges. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Jail deputies accused of revenge plot face new lawsuit from their alleged victim | Idaho Statesman," 9 May 2018

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1789, in the meaning defined above

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district court

noun

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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