noun U.S. Law.
- (in many states) the court of general jurisdiction.
- the federal trial court sitting in each district of the United States.
- (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