The definition of a district court is a federal trial court in a U.S. judicial district that hears cases that arise under federal laws, or a court of general jurisdiction (the right to hear both federal and non-federal cases).
A federal court in the state of California where a judge hears cases that arise under federal laws such as non-payment of taxes is an example of a district court.
- the federal trial court sitting in each judicial district of the U.S.
- in some states of the U.S., the court of general jurisdiction in each judicial district
- The lowest level US federal court, operating within a federal judicial district within a state, where matters under federal jurisdiction are tried.
- A state court having jurisdiction over matters established by state law, whether as a trial court or an appellate court within a certain district.
district court - Legal Definition
A court in the state or federal system, typically the lowest level trial court serving a particular geographical area. See also district.