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 Drechsler, who became a superior court judge in 2014, declined to comment., "For years, the Boston Police kept a secret: the union president was an alleged child molester," 10 Apr. 2021 In the Washington court system, a commissioner helps the superior court with adult criminal matters. oregonlive, "Judge’s offensive remarks in fatal shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr. draw condemnation, move to disqualify him from criminal cases," 15 Mar. 2021 There must be no racial discrimination in San Diego public schools, Judge Claude L. Chambers, temporarily assigned to superior court by the state judicial council, ruled yesterday. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 90th anniversary of landmark Lemon Grove school segregation case," 12 Mar. 2021 In Aroostook County, clerks and judges appoint attorneys that defendants have worked with in the past or request by name, said Diane Glidden, a clerk in the superior court. Samantha Hogan, ProPublica, "Lawyers Who Were Ineligible to Handle Serious Criminal Charges Were Given Thousands of These Cases Anyway," 23 Feb. 2021 While he was released from custody, because the superior court judge dismissed the case without prejudice, state prosecutors have the ability to refile charges against him in the future. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Charges dropped for Peoria kidnapping, murder suspect after family begs for medical help," 19 Feb. 2021 On June 5,1893, 10 months after her arrest, Lizzie Borden sat in the superior court in New Bedford, Massachusetts on trial for murder. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""Lizzie Borden took an axe" — or did she? What would a jury say today?," 26 Dec. 2020 Fights remain on the horizon, however, in other states, and the San Diego lawsuit, filed in San Diego superior court, is ongoing. Los Angeles Times, "Unfair ratings cost some Instacart shoppers hundreds a week. Here’s what’s happening," 21 Dec. 2020 The plaintiff in the superior court case was Coweta County voter John Wood, who was described as the president of the Georgia Voters Alliance, according to 11 Alive. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Another lawsuit in Georgia dismissed on same day Sidney Powell’s 'Kraken' stumbles," 7 Dec. 2020

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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 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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