trial court

noun

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 summarily dismissed Aram’s claims and the Court of Appeal affirmed. Dan Eaton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Not every workplace complaint is legally protected whistleblowing," 25 June 2018 Then in December, his execution was cancelled and his case remanded to the trial court in light of claims of false testimony from a jailhouse snitch. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "San Antonio lovers' lane killer gets fourth execution date in less than a year," 14 Feb. 2018 Both suits ultimately succeeded, although the prosecutors lost the Sinclair case at the trial court. Andrew Coan, WSJ, "Why Robert Mueller’s Predecessors Usually Didn’t Prevail," 25 Jan. 2019 Charter then moved to dismiss the action on various grounds, including federal preemption; the Attorney General's office successfully opposed that motion, which the trial court denied in full. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter users who didn’t get promised speeds will get $75 or $150 refunds," 18 Dec. 2018 Instead, when the appeals court bounced the case back to the trial court in November to examine false testimony claims, prosecutors filed a brief - and the judge decided against Castillo one day later, according to court filings. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "San Antonio lovers' lane killer gets fourth execution date in less than a year," 14 Feb. 2018 The Court of Appeals, in a 4 to 3 ruling, said the state’s criminal procedure law does not allow people subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case to appeal a trial court’s decision. New York Times, "Court Ruling Means Times Reporter Must Testify in ‘Baby Hope’ Trial," 27 June 2018 In a ruling that for the most part was concerned with procedural issues, the judges upheld most of the trial court’s decision and its damages award of $5.3 million. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Upheld by Appeals Court," 21 Mar. 2018 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

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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trial court

noun

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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