superior court


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

Examples of superior court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to court documents, a superior court judge granted Palmer her temporary restraining order against Jackson on Thursday. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Millions of people tuned in, but her focus was on an audience of one — a Los Angeles County superior court judge who would decide whether to end her 13-year conservatorship. Wendy Naugle, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 After mediation failed to bring a settlement between the parties, a Los Angeles superior court set an April 2023 court date for the lawsuit. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2023 The Woman in Me will see Britney discussing her 13-year conservatorship, which was terminated in 2021 by a L.A. County superior court judge after Spears’ petition to suspend her father, Jamie, from his role as conservator of her estate was granted. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2023 That’s where Washington State and Oregon State filed a joint civil action in state superior court against the Pac-12, essentially requesting full control of the conference’s name, brand and assets. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 Ferguson has served as a superior court judge for Orange County since June 3, 2014, according to Trellis Law. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2023 In the first case over secondhand tobacco smoke in 1976, New Jersey’s superior court sided with an office worker who sued her company for allowing co-workers to smoke cigarettes at their desks. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2023 The civil case, filed in superior court in San Francisco, also targets BP Plc, ConocoPhillips, Chevron Corp. and the American Petroleum Institute, according to a spokesperson at the attorney general’s office. Alicia Diaz, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Superior court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

superior court

often capitalized S&C
: a court of general jurisdiction intermediate between the inferior courts and the higher appellate courts
: a court having original jurisdiction and conducting jury trials
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