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 The first district court of appeals includes 15 judges, all of them appointed by Republican governors, including DeSantis. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Sep. 2021 In August, the court refused to put on hold a district court order requiring the Biden administration to try to reinstate a Trump-era policy that forces many people to wait in Mexico for their asylum hearings. Brianne Gorod, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 The district court that year found that the Texas measure amounted to a ban on all dilation and evacuation abortions and imposed an undue burden on a large portion of Texas women. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 The district court was supposed to hear arguments on the temporary injunction on Aug. 20. Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2021 In September 2017, after he had been convicted but before the district court ordered the forfeiture of his assets, Shkreli attempted to sell the album through an online auction, prosecutors said. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 27 July 2021 In the second stage, the district court is required to explain why the presence of any such aggravating factors creates a substantial and compelling reason to impose a sentence outside the presumptive guidelines range. NBC News, 25 June 2021 The district court in Utah previously ruled in favor of automatic citizenship. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2021 But last weekend a panel of judges on the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order effectively canceling the district court hearing and denying an emergency petition from the clinics to block the law while the appeals play out. Ariane De Vogue, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of district court

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of district court was in 1789

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14 Sep 2021

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“District court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district%20court. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of district court

: 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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