American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state court that holds sessions at several different places within a judicial district.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) a court which sits successively in different places in its circuit (see Circuit, 6). In the United States, the federal circuit courts are commonly presided over by a judge of the supreme court, or a special circuit judge, together with the judge of the district court. They have jurisdiction within statutory limits, both in law and equity, in matters of federal cognizance. Some of the individual States also have circuit courts, which have general statutory jurisdiction of the same class, in matters of State cognizance.
“A bill allowing John Staples a sum of money for services rendered as attorney for the commonwealth in the circuit court of Patrick county.”
“Resolved, that leave be given to withdraw bill 451 of the last session, also the memorial of the members of the bar of the circuit court of Ohio county, and that the same be referred to the committee for courts of justice.”
“Resolved, that the committee of propositions and grievances enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill relieving George W. Davis from the payment of certain fines imposed on him by the circuit court of Orange county.”
“A bill to compensate Ephraim B. Hall for services rendered in the circuit court of Marion county for the commonwealth.”
“A bill to compensate Ephraim B. Hall for services rendered, in the circuit court of Marion county, for the commonwealth.”
“CARPENTER presented the petition of sundry citizens of Alleghany county, for the relief of Pittman Boley from a fine imposed by the circuit court of Alleghany county, at its April term 1860; which was ordered to be referred to the committee for courts of justice.”
“Steve Beshear to replace Judge Jean C. Logue, who was elected circuit court judge.”
“A senate bill entitled an act to authorize the circuit court of Preston county to legalize the conveyance of a tract of land made by Andrew Oliphant, as guardian or committee of William Smith, an idiot, was read the first and second times, and on motion of Mr. COWAN, read a third time and passed.”
“A senate bill entitled an act to release John W. Murrell from the payment of a judgment rendered by the circuit court of Lynchburg against him, was read the first and second times, and on motion of Mr. DAVIS, read the third time and passed.”
“A senate bill entitled an act to release John W. Murrell from the payment of a judgment rendered by the circuit court of Lynchburg against him; in which they respectfully requested the concurrence of the house of delegates.”
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