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1. The lowest level US federal court, operating within a federal judicial district within a state, where matters under federal jurisdiction are tried.
2. A state court having jurisdiction over matters established by state law, whether as a trial court or an appellate court within a certain district.
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1. (Law) (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. (Law) (in the US)
a. a federal trial court serving a federal judicial district
b. (in some states) a court having general jurisdiction in a state judicial district
3. (Law) (in Australia and New Zealand) a court lower than a high court. Former name: magistrates' court
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the federal trial court sitting in each district of the United States.
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