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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Kabra made his initial appearance Monday in federal court in Boston and did not enter a plea, records show. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Prosecutors: A 25-year-old man promised big returns for investors in his ‘angel fund’ but spent the money on himself," 8 Aug. 2019 David Moore, a former plumber at the port, and Bryan Zascavage, whose Z&Z Inc. company did business at the port, entered their pleas in federal court in Miami before District Judge Ursula Ungaro. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Port Everglades fraud scandal racks up two guilty pleas," 7 Aug. 2019 Danforth pleaded guilty in federal court in Coeur d’Alene to two counts of using interstate commerce facilities — using the mail and telephone lines — in the commission of murder for hire, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Adult Film Actress Admits Hiring a Hitman to Kill Her Child’s Father," 7 Aug. 2019 Lawyers for all sides are appearing Tuesday in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, where U.S. District Judge Dan Polster has consolidated most of the opioid lawsuits. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "McKesson, AmerisourceBergen among opiod distributors proposing $10 billion payment to settle state claims," 6 Aug. 2019 She is scheduled to be sentenced September 13 in federal court in Boston. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Netflix didn't release mom movie 'Otherhood' with Felicity Huffman amid scandal — until now," 3 Aug. 2019 The cameras were installed in the spring this year, and the four plaintiffs began receiving tickets in May. Dann filed the case in federal court in Cincinnati. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Ohio village sued for installing traffic cameras after ODOT said ‘no’," 26 July 2019 In July 2018, in the federal court in South Florida, Martinez was sentenced to three months in prison and a year of supervised release for smuggling goods into the U.S. Karine Aigner, National Geographic, "Songbirds are being snatched from Miami’s forests," 25 July 2019 The lawsuit continues against other defendants in federal court in Kalamazoo. Detroit Free Press, "NBA, Detroit Pistons settle lawsuit over G League player Zeke Upshaw’s death," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of federal court

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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