superior court


Definition of superior court

1 : a court of general jurisdiction intermediate between the inferior courts (such as a justice of the peace court) and the higher appellate courts
2 : a court with juries having original jurisdiction

Examples of superior court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seventy-one new courtrooms will be overseen by 36 superior court judges, one circuit court judge and 45 magistrate judges. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2022 Several superior court judge seats are up for election, as well as positions with community college districts and the county board of education. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 The request to impanel such a grand jury must be approved by a majority of the judges on the county’s superior court, who are elected in nonpartisan races. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 The panel of superior court judges that issued Tuesday's decision was made up of two Republicans and one Democrat. Dianne Gallagher, CNN, 11 Jan. 2022 Councilman Charlie Brown, D-Gary, said Lake, St. Joseph and Marion counties are the only counties in Indiana where superior court judges are appointed by the governor. Alexandra Kukulka,, 8 Mar. 2022 Willis’ request must be approved by a majority of the county’s superior court judges. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 20 Jan. 2022 Trump lost the case when a superior court judge dismissed his suit in 2009, which was affirmed by an appeals court in 2011. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 During the closure, superior court matters are being heard remotely from Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield and district court business has been divided between courthouses in Westfield and Chicopee, Gully-Santiago said., 28 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of superior court

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of superior court was in 1584

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10 May 2022

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“Superior court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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superior court

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Legal Definition of superior court

1 : a court of general jurisdiction intermediate between the inferior courts and the higher appellate courts
2 : a court having original jurisdiction and conducting jury trials


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