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 two trial courts initially heard rebellion and coup charges against Mr. Trillanes in 2003 and 2007. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Says Someone Is Plotting to Kill Him," 11 Sep. 2018 When denying Ferrari’s motion to suppress, the trial court relied on our decision in Mitchell v. State, 25 So. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“Get a warrant”—Florida appeals court admonishes cops in two murder cases," 8 Sep. 2018 The trial court considered the earlier texts, but ultimately decided not to allow them. Jim Vertuno, Houston Chronicle, "Texas court reinstates ex-Baylor player Sam Ukwuachu's sex assault conviction," 6 June 2018 One expert told a trial court last year that the workmanship exhibited the most partisan bias of any congressional map in the country. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Divided over partisan election maps, Supreme Court could learn a lesson from divided college campus," 14 June 2018 With a scant appeals record, most of the attention is focused on Thapar's trial court service, where he is remembered for sprinkling pop culture and colloquial references in his work. Bill Mears, Fox News, "Trump's Supreme Court candidates: Meet the potential nominees," 6 July 2018 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

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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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