supreme court

noun, often capitalized S&C

Definition of supreme court

1 : the highest judicial tribunal in a political unit (such as a nation or state)
2 : a court of original jurisdiction in New York state subordinate to a final court of appeals

Examples of supreme court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case went to the state supreme court, where, in January 1964, Justice Isadore Bookstein ruled that Allen’s plan violated a state law barring discrimination in admitting students to public schools. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The New York Town That Tried to Stop Desegregation," 29 Sep. 2020 Jaising, a senior supreme court advocate herself, took exception to her being referred to merely as someone’s wife in a formal courtroom setting. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Female representation in Indian judiciary is dismal—and that’s keeping sexism alive," 28 Sep. 2020 January 1986: Under pressure from religious clerics, prime minister Rajiv Gandhi promises to reverse a supreme court ruling that granted alimony to Shah Bano, an elderly Muslim divorcee. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A timeline of the Babri-Ayodhya case—from land dispute to criminal conspiracy," 30 Sep. 2020 Trump’s list who are currently serving as an appeals court judge or a state supreme court justice. Matthew Dahl, The Conversation, "Which of Trump’s Supreme Court choices might be most reliably conservative?," 24 Sep. 2020 While serving on the state supreme court, Lagoa also authored the court's opinion siding with DeSantis in a dispute over his suspension of former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel following the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Meet Trump's top candidates to fill Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court," 22 Sep. 2020 In the swing state of Pennsylvania, for example, the state supreme court recently extended the deadline for mail-in ballots to three days after Election Day in order to accommodate potential postal service delays. Prachi Gupta,, "What Could Go Wrong With The Election? Well, Everything," 22 Sep. 2020 In 2019, she was appointed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a hero of conservatives, as the first Hispanic woman on Florida’s supreme court. John Fund, National Review, "The Two Women at the Top of the Supreme Court List," 20 Sep. 2020 The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, supreme court justice and champion of women, is immeasurable. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Read Every Word of Ruth Bader Ginsberg's 2012 Glamour Woman of the Year Speech," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of supreme court

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Supreme court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of supreme court

: the highest court of law in a country or U.S. state

supreme court

noun, often capitalized

Kids Definition of supreme court

: the highest court of law in the United States or in many of its states

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Legal Definition of supreme court

1 : the highest court in a nation or state specifically, capitalized S&C : the highest court in the judicial branch of the U.S. government that has original jurisdiction over controversies involving ambassadors or other ministers or consuls but whose main activity is as the court of last resort exercising appellate jurisdiction over cases involving federal law
2 capitalized S&C : a court of original jurisdiction in New York

Note: The court of last resort in New York is the Court of Appeals.

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