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noun U.S. Law.

(in many states) the court of general jurisdiction.
the federal trial court sitting in each district of the United States.

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Origin of district court

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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British Dictionary definitions for district court

district court

noun

(in Scotland) a court of summary jurisdiction held by a stipendiary magistrate or one or more justices of the peace to deal with minor criminal offences
(in the US)
  1. a federal trial court serving a federal judicial district
  2. (in some states) a court having general jurisdiction in a state judicial district
(in Australia and New Zealand) a court lower than a high courtFormer name: magistrates' court
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