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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- district attorney,
- district council,
- district court judge,
- district high school,
- district judge,
- district man,
- district nurse
Origin of district court
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for district court
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(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)
- a federal trial court serving a federal judicial district
- (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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