federal district court


Definition of federal district court

: a district trial court of law and equity that hears cases under federal jurisdiction

Examples of federal district court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One Michigan suit was apparently dispatched with such haste that it was filed first in the wrong federal court, the court of claims, before being refiled later the same day in federal district court. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, "The Trump Campaign Can’t Find a Judge Who Will Ignore Facts — but It’s Trying," 13 Nov. 2020 But federal law allows cases involving reapportionment to take place before a three-judge panel at a federal district court, and then be sent directly to the Supreme Court for review, where it can’t be ignored. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Trump Case That Will Test the Supreme Court’s Newest Originalist," 20 Oct. 2020 That effort was undone by a separate federal district court in California in July, restarting the lawsuit over the original Obama-era rule. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Biden’s federal drilling ban would be a big deal," 9 Oct. 2020 Therefore, the Justice Department’s action this week, which transfers Carroll’s lawsuit to federal district court in Manhattan, almost certainly means the case will be thrown out. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Government Lawyers Are Defending Trump," 12 Sep. 2020 His lawsuit, filed this week in federal district court, alleges false arrest and imprisonment and malicious prosecution, among other charges, and seeks in excess of $3 million in damages. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man accused of being mass shooter at party near Greenville sues authorities for $3M," 31 Oct. 2020 Pennsylvania's elections chief had issued guidance in September in line with that interpretation of the law, and the Trump campaign asked a federal district court judge to deem it unconstitutional. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Senate Democratic hopefuls are raising serious cash. They're also spending it.," 23 Oct. 2020 The one in federal district court handles criminal charges. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit challenges immigration arrests in San Diego federal courthouse," 21 Oct. 2020 Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project, argued the latest case in federal district court. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court will rule on Trump's plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from House apportionment," 16 Oct. 2020

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Federal district court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federal%20district%20court. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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