federal court

noun

Definition of federal court 

: a court established by a federal government especially : one established under the constitution and laws of the U.S.

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Harry Reid did something for lower federal court and other appointees, not the Supreme Court. Fox News, "Democrats' new rallying cry: 'Abolish ICE'," 30 June 2018 District court judges primarily handle trial-level matters in federal court and appeals court judges review those decisions. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Jeff Flake says he won't stall Supreme Court pick over tariff dispute," 28 June 2018 Since the policy has taken hold, adults have been sent to federal courts and detention centers. refinery29.com, "This Week's Handmaid’s Tale Is Devastatingly Similar To What's Happening On The Border Right Now," 20 June 2018 The marshals service is the enforcement agency of the federal courts and the federal government’s top agency for investigating fugitives. Steve Burns, ajc, "Longtime North Georgia sheriff in line for federal job," 10 June 2018 The issue was taken to federal court and Conyers prevailed, winning reelection that year, only to leave office two years later. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "John Conyers' III petitions for Aug. ballot fall short, Wayne County says," 16 May 2018 Bauman said the city does have the right to go back to federal court and request modifications if the consultant costs become exorbitant. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee reaches tentative $1.9 million settlement in ACLU stop-and-frisk lawsuit," 30 Apr. 2018 The city attorney also signed the settlement agreement, which was filed in federal court Friday, according to the ACLU. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signs off on $3.4 million settlement in ACLU stop-and-frisk lawsuit," 13 July 2018 Manafort has continued to maintain his innocence, pleading not guilty to the charges in federal court on March 8. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Mueller's Russia investigation: What to know," 13 July 2018

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1789, in the meaning defined above

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federal court

noun

Legal Definition of federal court 

: a court established by the federal government and having jurisdiction over questions of federal law

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