territorial court

noun

: a court in a U.S. territory that has jurisdiction over local and federal cases

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In May 2015 a territorial court judge banned the two men from hunting in the Yukon for five years. National Geographic, 25 June 2019 Many offshore lenders like Finance of America file foreclosure lawsuits in federal court in San Juan, where proceedings move much faster than in the island’s territorial courts. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of territorial court was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Territorial court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/territorial%20court. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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