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.

Examples of federal court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web None of the defendants has yet filed a response to the complaint in federal court. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit: Disability group teamed up with Muskegon to allow inaccessible businesses," 3 Aug. 2020 Matorin is one of the lead plaintiffs in the Suffolk County case and a similar one filed in federal court in Massachusetts. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 1 Aug. 2020 Indiana Vote by Mail also has filed a lawsuit in federal court to compel the state to expand absentee voting. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Lt. Govs. Mutz, Davis to call for Holcomb to expand mail-in voting amid coronavirus pandemic," 31 July 2020 Assistant Federal Public Defender Thomas Price said in federal court. oregonlive, "Prohibiting lasers as condition of release: Defense lawyers balk, arguing it could mean barring a ‘cat toy’ or CD," 31 July 2020 The vote continues Walker’s meteoric ascendancy in the federal court system. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Judge Justin Walker, McConnell protege, confirmed to nation's second-most powerful court," 18 June 2020 The Baltimore private institution filed the lawsuit Friday against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in federal court in the District of Columbia, the Baltimore Sun reports. USA TODAY, "Bull riding, Whac-a-Mole, prisoner release: News from around our 50 states," 14 July 2020 The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Boston, argues the emergency is not over and seeks a temporary restraining order to stop the new rule. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio, going mostly virtual, will work to preserve visas of international students with in-person classes," 10 July 2020 Grafton filed suit in federal court seeking a review of Pederson's decision. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grafton School District loses appeal, must reimburse parent for private school tuition," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of federal court

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of federal court was in 1789

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6 Aug 2020

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“Federal court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federal%20court. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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