district court

noun U.S. Law.

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


  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)
    1. a federal trial court serving a federal judicial district
    2. (in some states) a court having general jurisdiction in a state judicial district
  3. (in Australia and New Zealand) a court lower than a high courtFormer name: magistrates’ court

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