federal court


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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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 Colyer jabbed Kobach for his performance in defending his office against a lawsuit in federal court. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kobach and Colyer trade barbs — and boos— at heated Johnson County GOP debate," 12 July 2018 He and former utility regulator Gary Pierce, Pierce's wife Sherry, and lobbyist Jim Norton are on trial in federal court. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Judge slams Johnson Utilities' service, says company needs an emergency manager," 12 July 2018 The tribe’s appeal of the 2016 court decision remains in federal court pending the Interior Department’s action. Washington Post, "Land-trust case raises red flags across Indian Country," 4 July 2018 The families may be detained for months on end because the Trump administration plans to file a request to change a federal court decision that limits the amount of time children can be detained with their parents to 20 days. NBC News, "Will migrant parents be able to reunite with their kids?," 21 June 2018 Pantle’s ruling follows a similar federal court decision last year in California, where a judge tossed out a lawsuit the state of Wyoming brought against Volkswagen for the same reason. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois, other states hit roadblocks pursuing environmental claims against VW," 18 June 2018 The independence movement there took off after a 2010 federal court decision striking down a statute that would have given the government in Catalonia greater autonomy. Meg Bernhard, latimes.com, "With independence a far-fetched dream, Basque Country activists downsize their ambitions," 15 June 2018

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1789, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of federal court 

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

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