federal district court


Definition of federal district court 

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

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The case is currently in federal district court in Maryland. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker," 21 Nov. 2018 Three federal district courts have blocked the president's effort to dismantle the program already this year. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Opponents of DACA program seek repeat trip from Brownsville, Texas, to Supreme Court," 11 May 2018 The Senate has also confirmed 33 federal district court judges and 73 more nominees are pending. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Don McGahn’s Quiet Achievement," 29 Aug. 2018 First, a federal district court judge Thursday denied a Trump administration request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging their decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Fox News, "Media downplay Trump administration's economic successes," 28 July 2018 Sabraw is one of 17 federal district court judges assigned to San Diego, one of the nation's busiest federal courthouses. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Meet the judge who is forcing the government to reunite immigrant families," 13 July 2018 Since 1997, an order from a federal district court judge in California has set limits on how long children can be detained by immigration authorities. NBC News, "Justice Department asks court for right to detain migrant families for long periods," 21 June 2018 But two federal district courts, one in Northern California and one in New York, have ruled that the Trump administration must allow current DACA recipients to apply for renewals again. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "With dueling DACA cases, Supreme Court showdown seems inevitable," 4 May 2018 Starting Monday in the Senate, McConnell has teed up votes on three nominees to serve as federal district court judges, including the first Hispanic lawyer whom Trump nominated for the bench, Fernando Rodriguez Jr. of Texas. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Congress faces immigration showdown, tension on tariffs," 3 June 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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