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 His brother, Luis, is a superior court judge in Madrid. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 Relative to its population, its superior courts considered ten times more defamation lawsuits between 2014 and 2018 than those in London, says Mr Collins. The Economist, "Australia’s government plans to water down ferocious libel laws," 12 Dec. 2019 After stints as a division chief in the state Attorney General’s Office and as a special counsel to the Supreme Judicial Court, Justice Abrams was appointed a superior court judge in 1972 by then-Governor Francis Sargent., "Ruth I. Abrams, who was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis as the first woman on the state’s highest court in 1977 and remained the only female jurist there for more than two decades, died Thursday at age 88.," 16 Sep. 2019 And in a rare move, the superior court pulled her off the case. CBS News, "Meek Mill granted new trial as appeals court tosses conviction," 24 July 2019 The bailiff, who had never booked anyone in civil superior court, had only one set of handcuffs. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 Lori Ann Relf is suspected of using her 2011 Kia Soul to accelerate and collide into the patrol vehicles and three officers in front of a QuikTrip, 1550 East Baseline Road, on June 4, according to a police report filed in superior court. , Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Phoenix woman facing charges after crashing into patrol cars, police officers," 12 June 2019 The lawsuit, filed in state superior court in Los Angeles, accuses the company, its affiliates and former President Richard Sackler of violating California’s consumer protections against false advertising and unfair competition. Alexei Koseff,, "California latest state to sue Purdue Pharma over OxyContin marketing," 3 June 2019 The complaints were filed in superior courts in Middlesex and Worcester counties. Laura Crimaldi,, "Prisoners’ suit challenges restrictive new rules on visits to prisons," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of superior court

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Superior court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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