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 district court judge who enjoined the six-month ban allowed the rulemaking process on the new law to move forward. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 But Gorsuch's refrains reflect the uptick in nationwide injunctions imposed by district court judges over the past few years in response to court fights over hot-button policies. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 10 Apr. 2024 The case is the first of a slew of cases filed by the pharmaceutical industry and its allies to be decided at the district court level. Rachel Cohrs, STAT, 1 Mar. 2024 However, a district court judge issued an injunction in February blocking Texas from enforcing it, only days from when it was set to go into effect on March 5. Zachary Folk, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Both courts issued nationwide orders – the district court to take the drug off the market entirely, the appeals court to return mifepristone access to its pre-2016 state. Ali Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Mar. 2024 When Trump reluctantly left the White House, his judicial picks made up one-third of the Supreme Court, nearly one-third of the 13 appeals courts and more than a quarter of the 94 district courts. Jackie Calmes, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 The passenger, Nathan Jones, has been charged with interfering with a flight crew during the March 3 flight from San Diego to Dulles International Airport in Virginia, according to a criminal complaint filed last week in US district court in Virginia. Rashard Rose, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 More than 200 appeals and district court judges were appointed during his four-year term. The Courier-Journal, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of district court was in 1789

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“District court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district%20court. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

district court

often capitalized D&C
: a trial court having general or limited jurisdiction in a judicial district: as
: one of the federal trial courts sitting in a federal district
: a trial court within a state court system

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