trial court


Definition of trial court 

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

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The trial court dismissed the lawsuit, and Sevier appealed to the D.C. Circuit. Joshua Stewart,, "Rainbow flag lawsuit enters appellate court in its second year," 11 July 2018 But Alito wrote that the trial court's action was effectively an injunction and that the Supreme Court therefore had jurisdiction to hear the state's appeal. Adam Liptak, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court upholds Texas voting maps that were called racially discriminatory," 25 June 2018 The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the trial court's decision in 2009. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "U.S. Supreme Court won't review cases of two Alabama death row inmates," 2 Apr. 2018 The compensatory damages awarded by the jury in Missouri state trial court Thursday surpassed the $417 million given by jurors in Los Angeles last year, though that trial involved just a single plaintiff. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit," 12 July 2018 The trial court judge declined to instruct jurors on the state’s home defense law, finding that the law didn’t apply because Dockery wasn’t trying to break into Kuhns’ house. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Retrial ordered for man who shot black friend in yard," 3 July 2018 If the appellate court accepts the case, all activity in the trial court will be on hold pending a resolution. Marc Freeman,, "Corey Jones killing: Trial delayed as ex-cop Raja appeals over ‘stand your ground’ denial," 21 June 2018 No further proceedings have, as yet, commenced in the trial court. Dave Altimari,, "State To Appeal Dismissal Of Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel's Murder Conviction To U.S. Supreme Court," 30 May 2018 The suspect hasn’t entered a plea and his case will be assigned to a trial court in the coming days. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Texas Shooter Spared Students He Liked, Court Document Says," 19 May 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of 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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