district court


nounU.S. Law.
  1. (in many states) the court of general jurisdiction.

  2. the federal trial court sitting in each district of the United States.

Origin of district court

1
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90

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British Dictionary definitions for district court

district court

noun
  1. (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

  2. (in the US)

    • a federal trial court serving a federal judicial district

    • (in some states) a court having general jurisdiction in a state judicial district

  1. (in Australia and New Zealand) a court lower than a high court: Former name: magistrates' court

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