trial court


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

Examples of trial court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thursday’s decision sends the case back to the trial court so that Flores can withdraw his plea and the court can grant his motion to suppress the evidence against him. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 The trial court should not permit the defense to pursue an alibi defense, based on the scant information provided. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 2 May 2024 The appeals court also agreed that that testimony should not have been a basis for cross-examination, as allowed by the trial court. Ali Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Apr. 2024 Alternatively, the appeals court should send the case back to the trial court to hold a hearing on his claims that the IRS officer lied and evidence was improperly admitted. Kate Brumback, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2024 In its opinion Tuesday, the Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s 2022 order that the BMV reinstate the X option for nonbinary Hoosiers. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Apr. 2024 Keenan said a potential stay by the trial court could remain in place until the case is resolved. Shelby Slade, The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2024 Magisterial District Judge Amy Nichols found enough evidence at Cranston's preliminary hearing Friday to send the case to the Crawford County Common Pleas Court, a trial court, for further proceedings. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 18 Mar. 2024 Singh, sitting in the Appellate Division of the state's trial court, ruled after hearing arguments at an emergency hearing Wednesday. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 29 Feb. 2024

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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 18 May. 2024.

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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