district court


Definition of district court

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

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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 In another public records case, a US district court judge ruled that the FCC must disclose email addresses that were used to submit bulk comments in the net neutrality repeal proceeding. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "“What is the FCC hiding?” Pai still won’t release net neutrality server logs," 3 Dec. 2018 Lawyers for the government noted that no district court judge has ever taken such an action. Byron Tau, WSJ, "After Standoff, Comey and Republicans Come to Agreement Over Congressional Testimony," 2 Dec. 2018 The lawsuit was filed in California district court on Wednesday. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic Games is getting sued for turning rapper 2 Milly’s dance into a Fortnite emote," 5 Dec. 2018 Thirty-seven higher-education organizations and 16 higher-education institutions expressed solidarity with Harvard in support of race-conscious college admissions in briefs filed in U.S. district court in late July. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "What You Need to Know about Race and College Admissions," 27 Sep. 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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