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 decision overturned a ruling by a state trial court judge who dismissed the lawsuit based on the federal law, named the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "10 States Join NRA in Defending Gunmaker in Sandy Hook Liability Appeal," 5 Sep. 2019 The Supreme Court's action reverses the decision of a trial court, which initially froze the funds in May, and an appeals court, which kept that freeze in place earlier this month. Jessica Gresko,, "Supreme Court allows Trump administration to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall construction," 26 July 2019 The Paban district trial court also Wednesday sentenced 13 other people to 10 years in jail in a case filed under the Explosives Substances Act of 1908. Washington Post, "Bangladesh court sentences 9 to death for ‘94 Hasina attack," 5 July 2019 The 9th Circuit will consider both parties’ arguments and decide whether to accept the appeal before the trial court has finished its work. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutors describe appeal by Rep. Duncan Hunter as frivolous, urge court to reject it," 16 Sep. 2019 The trial court ruled in favor of the state, and the Larsens appealed. David French, National Review, "A Federal Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom," 23 Aug. 2019 Based on a 2017 study, 28 percent of inmates being held on a bond of $5,000 or less never posted bond and remained confined to jail throughout their entire pre-trial court process. Adam Ferrise,, "High-level talks could result in the release of 500 inmates from Cuyahoga County Jail, sources say," 15 Aug. 2019 The issue came up during the agency’s review of a Washington County trial court ruling last week involving Martin Allen Johnson who authorities say raped and murdered a 15-year-old Tigard girl in 1998 before throwing her body off an Astoria bridge., "Senator to push for special session to fix ‘mistake’ in Oregon’s death penalty bill," 14 Aug. 2019 Joseph is accused of conspiring with a former trial court officer, Wesley MacGregor, to help the defendant escape. Carma Hassan And Holly Yan, CNN, "A judge accused of helping an undocumented immigrant evade ICE will be paid during her suspension," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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