trial court


: the court before which issues of fact and law are first determined as distinguished from an appellate court

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nine years after a federal trial court deemed his habeas application time-barred, science proved Deskovic’s plea of innocence had merit. Daniel Medwed, Time, 29 Nov. 2022 In November 2019, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned that conviction, ruling that a trial court excluded a key witness’ testimony that might have affected the jury’s guilty verdict. Carol Robinson |, al, 23 Nov. 2022 Separately, the program is also on hold because of a ruling by a Texas federal trial court. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 In a dispute over the payment, a New York trial court considered whether an emoji could constitute a valid signature. Jack Griner, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2022 After that, voters reconsider them for retention every four years for trial court judges and every six years for higher court judges. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 28 Oct. 2022 His wife, Shawn Cox, is head of victim services at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and serves on the county’s commission that recommends candidates for appointment as trial court judges. Nicole Santa Cruz, ProPublica, 5 Apr. 2022 If confirmed, Thompson would join another Biden appointee as the only Black women among 61 federal trial court judges in California. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2022 Biden noted, for example, that Jackson and Sonia Sotomayor would be the only two Justices who had been trial court judges. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trial court was in 1889

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“Trial court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition

trial court

: the court before which issues of fact and law are tried and first determined as distinguished from an appellate court

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