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a case comes before a judge/court
▪ The case came before the federal courts.
a case comes/goes to court
▪ When the case finally came to court, they were found not guilty.
a court case
▪ There was a lot of publicity surrounding the court case.
a court order (=when a judge in a court says you must do something)
▪ Now they’re faced with a court order that could force them to leave.
a courting coupleold-fashioned (= having a romantic relationship, often planning to get married later)
▪ The path by the river is a popular area for courting couples.
a criminal court
▪ The trial will take place in an international criminal court.
a divorce lawyer/court (=one dealing with divorce)
▪ She's a famous New York divorce lawyer.
Appeal Court
appeals court
▪ a ruling by a US federal appeals court
appear before a court/judge/committee etc
▪ She appeared before Colchester magistrates charged with attempted murder.
appear in court
▪ The three men are due to appear in court tomorrow.
appellate court
circuit court
common-law rules/courts/rights etc
coroner’s court
▪ the coroner’s court
county court
court action
▪ The couple are still considering whether to take court action.
court card
court correspondent
court costs
▪ You could be ordered to pay court costs.
Court of Appeal
Court of Appeals
court of inquiry
court of law
court order
▪ His computer was seized under a court order.
court popularity (=try to be popular by pleasing people)
▪ It is tempting for politicians to court popularity.
court reporter
court shoe
Crown Court
district court
federal judge/high court judge etc (=a judge in a particular court)
food court
grass court
hard court
High Court
in open court (=in a court where everything is public)
▪ The case will be tried in open court.
kangaroo court
law court
Magistrates' Court
moot court
settle out of court (=come to an agreement without going to a court of law)
▪ She talked to a lawyer and settled out of court with her former employer.
sheriff court
small claims court
stand up in court (=be successfully proved in a court of law)
▪ Without a witness, the charges will never stand up in court.
state court
Supreme Court
tennis court
the appeal courtBritish English, the appeals court American English
▪ The ruling was reversed in the appeal court.
the Court of Appeal
▪ The Court of Appeal quashed the conviction.
the trial court
▪ The evidence will be fully tested in the trial court.
traffic court
ward of court
▪ She was made a ward of court.
▪ The forthcoming appeal against conviction of Lord Hardwicke will therefore provide an opportunity for the appellate courts to reconsider the position.
▪ Last May, an appellate court allowed the city to seize two buildings.
▪ The appellate court may then make the order if it thinks fit.
▪ The appellate court, the department said Friday, was wrong.
▪ Other documents must be filed and served as soon as practicable, subject to any direction of the appellate court.
▪ Earlier this year federal appellate courts struck down the New York and Washington laws.
▪ If upheld in appellate court the case could form an important precedent in family law.
▪ Too often a trial becomes a contest between the trial judge and the appellate court, and justice is forgotten.
▪ Figure 1.1 represents the civil court structure and Figure 1.2 represents the criminal court structure.
▪ The lawsuits seek not only to stop sales of the product but also civil penalties, court costs and refunds for buyers.
▪ Ignored was the consideration that interrogators of prisoners do not come forward as witnesses against themselves before police boards or civil courts.
▪ For the moment, these religious courts work in tandem with Soviet-style civil courts.
▪ Relevant well-established civil court case law is based on the general provisions of the Civil Code relating to the conclusion of contracts.
▪ The Woldemariams have a wrongful death case against Broadus and Lee pending in civil court.
▪ He said the country's criminal and civil courts were creaking at the seams in spite of efforts to shore them up.
▪ Martial law can not operate where civil courts are open. 20.
▪ The Council also had powers as a criminal court in matters arising out of its administrative duties.
▪ I organized political protests, but also got two appointments from federal criminal courts.
▪ Figure 1.1 represents the civil court structure and Figure 1.2 represents the criminal court structure.
▪ Since then, Pepper has focused his efforts on gaining a trial in criminal court.
▪ Here are some of the most recent criminal court cases.
▪ The answer is that a few big city criminal courts did become clogged with drug cases in the seventies and eighties.
▪ The victim does not have a special place in the criminal court.
▪ A criminal court which admitted such a defence would never hear the end of it.
▪ A federal court has ordered that this must be done by June 1st; voters have already turned down one plan.
▪ Burroughs filed a patent infringement suit in a North Carolina federal court.
▪ A federal appeals court has lifted the injunction, allowing for extraditions until the constitutionality of the statute is decided next year.
▪ A federal appeals court upheld the ban, approved by California voters in 1996.
▪ In a New York case, a federal district court found that a nonprofit educational service agency was guilty of copyright violations.
▪ In fact, a federal bankruptcy court in 1994 refused to allow asbestos claims to go forward against Jim Walter.
▪ He was to be arraigned in federal court in San Francisco in the afternoon.
▪ The House of Lords may be the highest court in the land, but it hears comparatively few appeals each year.
▪ The high court will hear arguments in the case later this year.
▪ By 1994 or so, solicitors in independent practice will have rights of audience in the higher courts.
▪ The dispute reached the high court in two similar cases that produced opposite results.
▪ Probation officers may also become part of the process as may legal representatives, judges, juries and the higher courts.
▪ They judged only minor cases; more serious matters were referred to the higher courts.
▪ An appeal against his conviction for possessing cannabis was quashed, after a High court ruled there was no evidence against him.
▪ The high court did not release information about which justices were on either side of the vote.
▪ The case received wide publicity when a habeascorpus petition was upheld by two lower courts.
▪ The immigration case was not one of them, so the lower court ruling stands.
▪ A lower court has already dismissed their cases.
▪ A lower federal court ruled that, irrespective of the circumstances, such disciplinary action is never permitted without a prior hearing.
▪ For such cases the Report argues that legal aid should be available as in the lower courts.
▪ The decision is mischievous at best and will surely confuse the lower courts.
▪ Circuit in Atlanta unanimously dismissed great-uncle Lazaro Gonzalez's appeal of a lower court ruling earlier this year.
▪ Overturning a lower court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said the trial should go forward.
▪ It's a question that lawyers representing the two Hitachi employees wanted to pursue in open court.
▪ Of the prospective jurors questioned, only six were dismissed in open court.
▪ This requirement is appropriate in a Public Order Act, and resolves the point left open by the court in Ambrose.
▪ He also has sealed transcripts of the entire jury selection process, even the sessions held in open court.
▪ The hearing was in chambers and judgment was delivered in open court.
▪ He was interviewed by Judge Patrick King in his chambers, but did not testify in open court.
▪ The summons was heard in chambers but judgment was given in open court at the request of the parties.
▪ I am giving this judgment in open court at the request of all parties.
▪ Until well into the sixteenth century the royal court and its functionaries were peripatetic.
▪ That he might elevate her into the imaginary ranks of some royal court of whiteness.
▪ Numerous conflicts within the kingdom were thus centred upon the royal court.
▪ There were court musicians whose exact relation to the family or to any royal court was predictably fuzzy.
▪ This was the moment when the Deiran royal court was destroyed.
▪ They had influence in the imperial and royal courts: they were the pope's permanent delegates.
▪ Most of their business was transacted in the royal court, whose physical setting dictated the rituals of supplication and patronage.
▪ Indeed it is more than likely that Desiderius was encouraged in his actions by the royal court.
▪ Gen Musharraf has promised to keep to a supreme court ruling that requires him to hold general elections by October 2002.
▪ I could flip through a fifty-page state supreme court decision on deadline and call in a story from a pay phone.
▪ The farmers are carrying on the work in defiance both of cantonal regulations and a supreme court injunction ordering them to stop.
▪ The state supreme court advised the governor that the law violated the First Amendment rights of teachers.
▪ The supreme court of Florida is welcome to them.
▪ The most important of these moves was the appeal to the supreme court, which is unlikely to rule before next week.
▪ The supreme court president, Hernan Alvarez, has yet to make public the court's decision.
▪ The Financial Statement was a voluntary arrangement, which aimed to avoid court action.
▪ The court action continues Burroughs' exclusive hold on the drug through at least 2005.
▪ Repeated court action to evict the protesters has failed: they refuse to give their names and origins.
▪ It was placed on hold because of the court action.
▪ It would take another protracted court action and many years of protest before the Front finally wound down.
▪ The Independent Television Commission threatened court action if it was not restored to its original time.
▪ She is now thought to have picked up £250,000 in court actions around the world.
▪ Its contribution is particular rather than general, and some have questioned whether there is a need for two levels of appeal court.
▪ If the appeals courts reverse the case, the whole procedure begins all over again.
▪ The appeal court, overturning this conviction, found him guilty only on what was described as the lesser charge of genocide.
▪ A federal appeals court ruled in James's favor.
▪ Fawehinmi's conviction on the contempt of court charge was quashed by the appeal court in July.
▪ Because of that conclusion, the appeals court did not address whether the association's recruiting rule violated the First Amendment.
▪ The appeal court granted permission last December for those points to be argued on appeal.
▪ Then, last Friday, a federal appeals court lifted the ban on blocking e-mail.
▪ The incident leading to the court case had been sparked by a beer bottle being thrown at him the previous night.
▪ Ten years before that, Gray won a federal court case that held blacks could not systematically be excluded from juries.
▪ Officials often complained that the victim of cattle theft preferred paying the ransom to instituting a court case.
▪ The risks of a court case also have to be in the forefront of your mind.
▪ When this was the case, the owner had no option but to accept his loss or institute a court case.
▪ The large number of court cases in which the complainant dropped the prosecution is an indication that many cases were settled informally.
▪ There are different forms of the request available from the county court depending upon the nature of the action.
▪ Water control was administered by highly autonomous irrigation districts which were under the legal jurisdiction of the county courts.
▪ The assistant recorder, sitting in the county court, refused leave to introduce the counterclaim and made an order for possession.
▪ Conciliation facilities are available in the county courts where you go for the divorce.
▪ The procedure before the county court is of course swifter and cheaper than an application before this court.
▪ Two county court judgments against his company ordered him to paya total of nearly £ 13,500.
▪ There seems no good reason why the same should not apply before county court proceedings are brought.
▪ For county court purposes interest should be claimed pursuant to s 69 of the County Courts Act, 1984.
▪ A CROWN court judge is considering recommending the deportation of a man convicted of deception.
▪ James Forster, 68, of Manfield, near Darlington, was convicted of seven offences at Teesside crown court.
▪ We were on remand for about three months and then we were up at the Crown court.
▪ I was terrified Voice over Nottingham Crown court heard medical evidence showed Fisher took no sadistic pleasure in violent attacks on women.
▪ The only appeal is to a crown court judge.
▪ All three elected crown court trial and the cases were adjourned by Liverpool magistrates until June 24.
▪ The case continues at the city's crown court.
▪ By law, political parties could be banned only by a court decision, which had not been received.
▪ Blacks knew that every peaceful march and favorable court decision was being answered with acts of officially sanctioned violence.
▪ Indeed, for the majority of these propositions there is no authority in the sense of legislation or court decision.
▪ Two subsequent court decisions reiterated the Court of Appeals' ruling.
▪ Bates' attorney, Joseph Remcho, said he was confident the prior court decisions would stand.
▪ The court decision prohibits the destruction of books and records, and freezes the defendants' assets.
▪ Recent court decisions have ruled that using all-white models in real estate ads sends a discriminatory message to other races.
▪ To put these contentions into effect the applicant made two applications in the district court to which the cases had been transferred.
▪ The Supreme Court agreed with the district court that the Texas abortion statutes violated her right of privacy.
▪ In Co Longford a district court judge urged local nightclubs to close for a week.
▪ The district court upheld the plan but was reversed by the court of appeals.
▪ In addition, district courts were given the power to imprison these men for up to four years.
▪ The district court recognized that the Alabama statute violated the establishment clause as construed by the Supreme Court.
▪ All Supreme Court cases and selected district court cases were prosecuted by a government official.
▪ And so, Your Honor, if you bind my client over for trial to the district court, I will understand.
▪ High court judge Arifin Jaka said it was only a detail.
▪ The Pikes appealed to a juvenile court judge, who ruled in their favor.
▪ The only appeal is to a crown court judge.
▪ Rather than increasing the sentence, three appeal court judges substituted a three-year probation order requiring him to undergo treatment or counselling.
▪ In Co Longford a district court judge urged local nightclubs to close for a week.
▪ Three appeal court judges reserved judgment.
▪ Therefore he held that the court had no jurisdiction to review the decision of the county court judge for error of law.
▪ Last month three Court of Appeal court judges refused to overturn the libel jury's verdict.
▪ The law courts are venal and can take decades to decide a case.
▪ Demonstrators taking part in a sit-in in front of the law courts were beaten up by police.
▪ The law courts are also having a field day.
▪ It was in this period too that a club's control over a player was first challenged in the law courts.
▪ People preferred the more formalized and anonymous procedures of the law courts.
▪ It has law courts, government offices and a university.
▪ After successive delays, aided by the law courts, the new deadline for payment is Thursday.
▪ The law courts, with their outside staircase, are also impressive.
▪ In granting the county court order, Judge Geoffrey Vos said the families' affidavits showed they feared for their children.
▪ She said he had not complied with a court order, issued in late 1993, to pay her.
▪ Creditors have applied for a court order to take over and sell the building.
▪ A court order would simply bar the attorneys from releasing the transcripts.
▪ The area named in the court order has been used by gypsies but is earmarked for a new £125m business park.
▪ The school board, stymied, asked the federal court for an exemption from contempt proceedings for not executing the court order.
▪ In 1983, Mrs Victoria Gillick sought a court order to rule the latter order of priorities illegal.
▪ A few months later, a state court sentenced Heber to four additional years.
▪ The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in state court in Houston, seeks unspecified damages.
▪ There is no previous Supreme Court ruling on this subject, although state courts have made conflicting judgments since the 1970s.
▪ The appeal would have to be filed within a year of exhausting state court appeals.
▪ Medtronic Inc. v. Lohr: Federal law does not prevent patients from suing manufacturers of defective medical devices in state courts.
▪ The federal court system already offers no discretionary challenges to potential jurors, and state courts could follow suit.
▪ Most capital cases are handled by state courts.
▪ The railroad brought suit in state court on interstate-commerce grounds and won.
▪ For the more energetic, tennis courts and a golf course are available nearby.
▪ There are also tennis courts, a bowling green and an air-conditioned gymnasium with a regulation-sized basketball court.
▪ Sports facilities include a swimming pool and 4 tennis courts.
▪ It boasts a hot tub, tennis court, heated pool and several smashing views of the Potomac.
▪ The area round the school houses the library, tennis courts, a children's play area, and a bowling green.
▪ There are tennis courts, and golf is available nearby.
▪ The horses were there, and tennis courts and a croquet ground where competition was fierce.
▪ Four people had appeared in court on Monday on the same charge.
▪ Hall said, but an arrest warrant was issued after Hall failed to appear in court on the charge.
▪ Other men will appear in court this month.
▪ Biehl and Green are scheduled to appear in court Feb. 22.
▪ Daniel Omara Atubu was reportedly badly beaten after his arrest and showed physical signs of ill-treatment when he appeared in court.
▪ He's expected to be charged shortly and will appear in court tomorrow.
▪ Read in studio A man has appeared in court accused of attacking a woman in a graveyard.
▪ Meanwhile scores of rebel sup porters appeared in court as prosecutors pressed the first charges stemming from the coup attempt.
▪ Shariia is strictly applied by religious courts, and even the punishments for violations of the law are specified in the Koran.
▪ Similar considerations apply in the county court which also has the power to award costs.
▪ The child may apply to the court for his solicitor's appointment to be terminated.
▪ To start that procedure, the authority applies to a magistrates court for a summons.
▪ The formal rules of evidence that apply in courts do not apply in tribunals.
▪ Liberty to apply to county court.
▪ There seems no good reason why the same should not apply before county court proceedings are brought.
▪ Thirteen others arrested during the ferment are being brought before the courts in two batches.
▪ The railroad brought suit in state court on interstate-commerce grounds and won.
▪ A debtor who did that and swore that his all amounted to less than £5 would be brought before a court.
▪ If violations can not be satisfactorily resolved, the U. S. Department of Labor may bring action in court to compel compliance.
▪ His solicitors were only told at 9am he was being brought back to court.
▪ It brought before the courts novel questions of the appropriate limits of congressional inquiry.
▪ What brings you here to court so hastily?
▪ Assistance is only available to those who are able to bring relevant proceedings to court in their own right.
▪ Ninety-eight percent of all criminal cases are heard in the latter courts.
▪ A suit filed by Don King to clear the way for the Tyson-Bruno fight will be heard in federal court.
▪ The settlement, which concluded four months of negotiations, obviated the need for the separate cases to be heard in court.
▪ He plays defense, a word Iverson has only heard in court.
▪ Most criminal cases are heard by magistrates' courts.
▪ Shoppers were surprised to hear about today's court case.
▪ He had held his Christmas court at Talmont, north of La Rochelle, and distributed gifts on a lavish scale.
▪ Leffingwell even held probate court there.
▪ She caused a few titters when she said she'd held the court in the church for the convenience of all parties.
▪ Instead, he could hold court for his many buyers in his studio garage.
▪ He then returned to hold his Christmas court at Saintes.
▪ While neither team can truly hold home court advantage here, each actually has its own floor surface.
▪ Preston says the tribe is looking at a precedent set in a similar incident litigated and settled out of court.
▪ Others have been settled out of court.
▪ In frustration, she talked to a lawyer and settled out of court with her former employer.
▪ The two sides announced that they had settled out of court.
▪ The suit was settled out of court.
▪ Kildare, £600 to settle out of court.
▪ Riney countersued her for slander, and the two settled out of court.
▪ Mr Rawley told the court that he had received full details of the scientific tests carried out by the Ministry that morning.
▪ The seventh of nine children, Wiedman told court officials he, too, was molested as a child.
▪ He told the court that as Newton pulled away, he kicked out while they were still on the ground.
▪ Prosecuting lawyer Tessa Kitson told the court of several more incidents in which attempts were made to cash stolen cheques.
▪ Adams told the court he had been out drinking but had no more than three pints.
▪ Two of the accused nurses told the court they were forced to confess to an international conspiracy under torture.
▪ She had been expecting a lift which failed to materialise, defending solicitor Mark Blundell told the court.
▪ She also told the court that he'd heard he'd threatened to blow his head off.
be laughed out of court
▪ It happens in part because our youthful efforts to cooperate in the realization of myth / truth are laughed out of court.
bring charges/a lawsuit/a court case/a prosecution/a claim (against sb)
drag sb through the courts
hold court
▪ Artists who have arrived at that position are expected to sit still and hold court.
▪ Baseball raconteur Bill Rigney is holding court at a window table.
▪ For hour after hour, without a break, clearly relishing the attention, Kevorkian holds court.
▪ I am holding court, lady of the mansion.
▪ In one corner, the Grand Duchess held court; in another, her husband, as befitted the challenger.
▪ Instead, he could hold court for his many buyers in his studio garage.
▪ Ken Bradshaw was holding court among a handful of Waimea veterans.
▪ Somewhere in the smoky crowd the authoress and photographer, Jill Freedman from New York, was holding court.
land sb in trouble/hospital/court etc
▪ Being too aggressive can land you in trouble - and still not get you paid.
▪ But that would land Dolly in trouble.
▪ In fact, it's the very program that landed Microsoft in court.
▪ It doesn't have to land you in trouble.
▪ Might we not show these photographs to the government and land the people in trouble?
▪ The attendant filed criminal charges against the princess, landing her in court two days after she landed at Logan.
▪ There was no harm in that but it landed him in trouble every time.
opera/court/movie etc house
▪ A belligerent crowd of some fifty thousand gathered around the court house.
▪ Not only was the curtain rung down but the opera house was dismantled.
▪ She prefers her recordings made live in the opera house and regards herself totally as a woman of the theatre.
▪ The Court House, where the business was conducted, can still be seen today.
▪ Then he opened a movie house and said he was definitely done with pro basketball.
▪ There are two public houses, a butcher's shop, a chapel, and a court house.
▪ They grew wealthy overnight and had a beautiful little opera house built in the midst of their shacks on the steep slope.
▪ They polished up the opera house, and every summer stars from the Metropolitan came out and performed.
pay court (to sb)
the ball is in sb's court
▪ But the ball is in our court.
▪ A group of photographers and reporters gathered outside the court.
▪ a volleyball court
▪ Benton appeared in court yesterday on three charges of assault.
▪ She says she will go to court to try to prove that she was unfairly dismissed from her job.
▪ The courts are floodlit at night so that you can play all the year round.
▪ The new leisure complex has a sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool and tennis courts.
▪ the United States Supreme Court
▪ There was a large crowd of reporters gathered outside the court.
▪ After the hearing, as the vans taking the boys from the court emerged the crowd exploded with anger.
▪ And yet another plot twist was aired in court Wednesday.
▪ Even physical access to a court hearing was not guaranteed.
▪ He had been present in court when sentence was passed and the fact of his contempt was never in issue.
▪ Now the company was in the soup, and its attorneys promptly removed the case to the federal court.
▪ The court heard Edmunds initially took 10 percent of the earnings but with nothing for the Sunsets.
▪ The courts ought, therefore, simply to decline jurisdiction in such matters.
▪ The next step is for the lessor to make a court application to obtain an order for possession.
▪ Groups with a grievance could take their cases to court.
▪ As a result of this incident, Mailloux was dismissed and took his case to court.
▪ The firms that will be most affected will be those which have a high number of cases going to court.
▪ As a result, the school penalized the student publishers, and they took their case to court.
▪ Ramdoo was suspended from duty, the home was placed under independent control and the case progressed slowly to court.
▪ Federal law forbids a union member from taking his own case to court.
▪ When the case gets to court, it may turn out that Mrs Dennis was not alone in receiving unwelcome attention.
▪ The Brady case may provide court conservatives another chance to limit the power of the federal government in state and local affairs.
opera/court/movie etc house
▪ A belligerent crowd of some fifty thousand gathered around the court house.
▪ Not only was the curtain rung down but the opera house was dismantled.
▪ She prefers her recordings made live in the opera house and regards herself totally as a woman of the theatre.
▪ The Court House, where the business was conducted, can still be seen today.
▪ Then he opened a movie house and said he was definitely done with pro basketball.
▪ There are two public houses, a butcher's shop, a chapel, and a court house.
▪ They grew wealthy overnight and had a beautiful little opera house built in the midst of their shacks on the steep slope.
▪ They polished up the opera house, and every summer stars from the Metropolitan came out and performed.
the ball is in sb's court
▪ But the ball is in our court.
▪ Politicians are courting voters before the elections.
▪ She finally married a gentleman who had been courting her for years.
▪ But ingratiation is not just about courting popularity.
▪ He is accompanied by Nicholas Frere, who has been courting his sister and whose intrepid, free-spirited demeanour he envies.
▪ In the latter, parishioners staked out positions and courted support as though an election loomed.
▪ Of how he had met, courted, wed Constance.
▪ The whole trade courts psychological flaws.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Court \Court\, v. i. 1. To play the lover; to woo; as, to go courting.


Court \Court\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Courted; p. pr. & vb. n. Courting.]

  1. To endeavor to gain the favor of by attention or flattery; to try to ingratiate one's self with.

    By one person, hovever, Portland was still assiduously courted.

  2. To endeavor to gain the affections of; to seek in marriage; to woo.

    If either of you both love Katharina . . . Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.

  3. To attempt to gain; to solicit; to seek.

    They might almost seem to have courted the crown of martyrdom.

    Guilt and misery . . . court privacy and solitude.
    --De Quincey.

  4. To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract.

    A well-worn pathway courted us To one green wicket in a privet hedge.


Court \Court\ (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co- + a root akin to Gr. chorto`s inclosure, feeding place, and to E. garden, yard, orchard. See Yard, and cf. Cohort, Curtain.]

  1. An inclosed space; a courtyard; an uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building, or by different building; also, a space opening from a street and nearly surrounded by houses; a blind alley.

    The courts of the house of our God.
    --Ps. cxxxv.

  2. And round the cool green courts there ran a row Of cloisters.

    Goldsmith took a garret in a miserable court.

    2. The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or other dignitary; a palace.

    Attends the emperor in his royal court.

    This our court, infected with their manners, Shows like a riotous inn.

  3. The collective body of persons composing the retinue of a sovereign or person high in authority; all the surroundings of a sovereign in his regal state.

    My lord, there is a nobleman of the court at door would speak with you.

    Love rules the court, the camp, the grove.
    --Sir. W. Scott.

  4. Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as, to hold a court.

    The princesses held their court within the fortress.

  5. Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery.

    No solace could her paramour intreat Her once to show, ne court, nor dalliance.

    I went to make my court to the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle.

  6. (Law)

    1. The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered.

    2. The persons officially assembled under authority of law, at the appropriate time and place, for the administration of justice; an official assembly, legally met together for the transaction of judicial business; a judge or judges sitting for the hearing or trial of causes.

    3. A tribunal established for the administration of justice.

    4. The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both.

      Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgment.

  7. The session of a judicial assembly.

  8. Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.

  9. A place arranged for playing the game of tennis; also, one of the divisions of a tennis court.

    Christian court, the English ecclesiastical courts in the aggregate, or any one of them.

    Court breeding, education acquired at court.

    Court card. Same as Coat card.

    Court circular, one or more paragraphs of news respecting the sovereign and the royal family, together with the proceedings or movements of the court generally, supplied to the newspapers by an officer specially charged with such duty. [Eng.]

    Court of claims (Law), a court for settling claims against a state or government; specif., a court of the United States, created by act of Congress, and holding its sessions at Washington. It is given jurisdiction over claims on contracts against the government, and sometimes may advise the government as to its liabilities. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

    Court day, a day on which a court sits to administer justice.

    Court dress, the dress prescribed for appearance at the court of a sovereign.

    Court fool, a buffoon or jester, formerly kept by princes and nobles for their amusement.

    Court guide, a directory of the names and adresses of the nobility and gentry in a town.

    Court hand, the hand or manner of writing used in records and judicial proceedings.

    Court lands (Eng. Law), lands kept in demesne, -- that is, for the use of the lord and his family.

    Court marshal, one who acts as marshal for a court.

    Court party, a party attached to the court.

    Court rolls, the records of a court. See Roll.

    Court in banc, or Court in bank, The full court sitting at its regular terms for the hearing of arguments upon questions of law, as distinguished from a sitting at nisi prius.

    Court of Arches, audience, etc. See under Arches, Audience, etc.

    Court of Chancery. See Chancery, n.

    Court of Common pleas. (Law) See Common pleas, under Common.

    Court of Equity. See under Equity, and Chancery.

    Court of Inquiry (Mil.), a court appointed to inquire into and report on some military matter, as the conduct of an officer.

    Court of St. James, the usual designation of the British Court; -- so called from the old palace of St. James, which is used for the royal receptions, levees, and drawing-rooms.

    The court of the Lord, the temple at Jerusalem; hence, a church, or Christian house of worship.

    General Court, the legislature of a State; -- so called from having had, in the colonial days, judicial power; as, the General Court of Massachusetts. [U.S.]

    To pay one's court, to seek to gain favor by attentions. ``Alcibiades was assiduous in paying his court to Tissaphernes.''

    To put out of court, to refuse further judicial hearing.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"woo, offer homage," as one does at court, 1570s; see court (n.). Related: Courted; courting.


late 12c., from Old French cort (11c., Modern French cour) "king's court, princely residence," from Latin cortem, accusative of cors (earlier cohors) "enclosed yard," and by extension (and perhaps by association with curia "sovereign's assembly"), "those assembled in the yard; company, cohort," from com- "together" (see com-) + stem hort- related to hortus "garden, plot of ground" (see yard (n.1)). Sporting sense is from 1510s, originally of tennis. Legal meaning is from late 13c. (early assemblies for justice were overseen by the sovereign personally).


n. 1 An enclosed space; a courtyard; an uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building, or by different building; also, a space opening from a street and nearly surrounded by houses; a blind alley. 2 # (label en US Australia) A street with no outlet, a cul-de-sac. 3 (label en social) Royal society. 4 # The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or ether dignitary; a palace. 5 # The collective body of persons composing the retinue of a sovereign or person high in authority; all the surroundings of a sovereign in his regal state. 6 # Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign. 7 Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery. 8 (label en social) The administration of law. 9 # The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered. 10 # The persons officially assembled under authority of law, at the appropriate time and place, for the administration of justice; an official assembly, legally met together for the transaction of judicial business; a judge or judges sitting for the hearing or trial of causes. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To seek to achieve or win. 2 (context transitive English) To risk (a consequence, usually negative). 3 (context transitive English) To try to win a commitment to marry from. 4 (context transitive English) To engage in behavior leading to mating. 5 (context transitive English) To attempt to attract. 6 (context transitive English) To attempt to gain alliance with. 7 (context intransitive English) To engage in activities intended to win someone's affections. 8 (context intransitive English) To engage in courtship behavior. 9 (context transitive English) To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract.

  1. n. an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business [syn: tribunal, judicature]

  2. the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state [syn: royal court]

  3. a specially marked area within which a game is played; "players had to reserve a court in advance"

  4. a room in which a law court sits; "television cameras were admitted in the courtroom" [syn: courtroom]

  5. a yard wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; "the house was built around an inner court" [syn: courtyard]

  6. the residence of a sovereign or nobleman; "the king will visit the duke's court"

  7. the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince [syn: royal court]

  8. a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area [syn: motor hotel, motor inn, motor lodge, tourist court]

  9. Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947) [syn: Margaret Court]

  10. respectful deference; "pay court to the emperor" [syn: homage]

  1. v. make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary" [syn: woo, romance, solicit]

  2. seek someone's favor; "China is wooing Russia" [syn: woo]

  3. engage in social activities leading to marriage; "We were courting for over ten years"

Court (disambiguation)

A court is a tribunal, often as governmental institution, with the authority to adjudicate legal disputes.

Court may also refer to:

Court (District Electoral Area)

Court is one of the ten district electoral areas (DEA) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Located in the north and west of the city, the district elects six members to Belfast City Council and contains the wards of Ballygomartin, Clonard, Falls, Forth River, Shankill, and Woodvale. Court is split between the Belfast North and Belfast West constituencies for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament.

Court (surname)

Court is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Antoine Court (1696-1760), French Huguenot Protestant reformer
  • Charles Court (1911-2007), Premier of Western Australia and Margaret Court's father-in-law
  • Claude Auguste Court (1793-1880), French soldier and mercenary, general to Maharaja Ranjit Sinjh
  • David Court (born 1944), English retired footballer
  • David Court (cricketer) (born 1980), English cricketer
  • Hazel Court (1926-2008), English actress
  • Margaret Court (born 1942), Australian retired tennis player

A court is a tribunal, often as governmental institution, with the authority to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in civil, criminal, and administrative matters in accordance with the rule of law. In both common law and civil law legal systems, courts are the central means for dispute resolution, and it is generally understood that all persons have an ability to bring their claims before a court. Similarly, the rights of those accused of a crime include the right to present a defense before a court.

The system of courts that interprets and applies the law is collectively known as the judiciary. The place where a court sits is known as a venue. The room where court proceedings occur is known as a courtroom, and the building as a courthouse; court facilities range from simple and very small facilities in rural communities to large buildings in cities.

The practical authority given to the court is known as its jurisdiction ( Latin jus dicere) – the court's power to decide certain kinds of questions or petitions put to it. According to William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, a court is constituted by a minimum of three parties: the actor or plaintiff, who complains of an injury done; the reus or defendant, who is called upon to make satisfaction for it, and the judex or judicial power, which is to examine the truth of the fact, to determine the law arising upon that fact, and, if any injury appears to have been done, to ascertain and by its officers to apply a legal remedy. It is also usual in the superior courts to have barristers, and attorneys or counsel, as assistants, though, often, courts consist of additional barristers, bailiffs, reporters, and perhaps a jury.

The term "the court" is also used to refer to the presiding officer or officials, usually one or more judges. The judge or panel of judges may also be collectively referred to as "the bench" (in contrast to attorneys and barristers, collectively referred to as "the bar"). In the United States, and other common law jurisdictions, the term "court" (in the case of U.S. federal courts) by law is used to describe the judge himself or herself.

In the United States, the legal authority of a court to take action is based on personal jurisdiction, subject-matter jurisdiction, and venue over the parties to the litigation.

Court (royal)

The court of a monarch, or at some periods an important nobleman, is a term for the extended household and all those who regularly attended on the ruler or central figure. It can also refer to the physical residence of the monarch where the court resides or a series of complexes. In the largest courts, the royal households, many thousands of individuals comprised the court. These courtiers included the monarch or noble's camarilla and retinue, household, nobility, those with court appointments, bodyguard, and may also include emissaries from other kingdoms or visitors to the court. Foreign princes and foreign nobility in exile may also seek refuge at a court.

Near Eastern and Eastern courts often included the harem and concubines as well as eunuchs who fulfilled a variety of functions. At times the harem was walled off and separate from the rest of the residence of the monarch. In Asia concubines were often a more visible part of the court.

Lower ranking servants and bodyguard were not properly called courtiers though may be included as part of the court or royal household in the broadest definition. Entertainers and others may have been counted as part of the court.

Court (film)

Court is a 2014 Indian independent legal drama film, written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane in his directorial debut. Featuring a cast of newcomers, the film examines the Indian legal system through the trial of an ageing folk singer at a Sessions Court in Mumbai.

Court premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival on 4 September 2014, where it won the Best Film in the Horizons category and the Luigi De Laurentiis (Lion Of The Future) award for Tamhane. Jay Weissberg of Variety described the film as "an impressive debut that flays alive India’s judicial system thanks to an intelligent, superbly understated script." The film went on to win 18 other awards at film festivals, including honours at the Mumbai, Vienna, Antalya, and Singapore film festivals. In 2015, the film won the Best Feature Film award at the 62nd National Film Awards, which honoured films released in 2014.

Court theatrically released in India on 17 April 2015. The film was selected as India's official submission for the 88th Annual Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category but it was not nominated.

Usage examples of "court".

Notary take care to set it down that the said abjuration was made by one gravely suspected of heresy, so that if she should be proved to have relapsed, she should then be judged accordingly and delivered up to the secular Court.

If he refuses to return and abjure his heresy and give fitting satisfaction, he is delivered to the secular Court to be punished.

But if he shall appear, and not consent to abjure, let him be delivered as a truly impenitent heretic to the secular Court, as was explained in the tenth method.

But if they refuse to abjure, they are to be handed over to the secular Court for punishment.

Whitman was asked whether Bush should have an abortion litmus test for the Supreme Court, she boasted that as governor of New Jersey she had abjured litmus tests for her judicial nominees.

Court, in conformity with the aforementioned theories of economics and evolution, was in fact committed to the principle that freedom of contract is the general rule and that legislative authority to abridge the same could be justified only by exceptional circumstances.

However, the Supreme Court declined to sustain Congress when, under the guise of enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment by appropriate legislation, it enacted a statute which was not limited to take effect only in case a State should abridge the privileges of United States citizens, but applied no matter how well the State might have performed its duty, and would subject to punishment private individuals who conspired to deprive anyone of the equal protection of the laws.

This dictum became, two years later, accepted doctrine when the Court invalidated a State law on the ground that it abridged freedom of speech contrary to the due process clause of Amendment XIV.

Here the Court declared that the right of a citizen, resident in one State, to contract in another, to transact any lawful business, or to make a loan of money, in any State other than that in which the citizen resides was a privilege of national citizenship which was abridged by a State income tax law excluding from taxable income interest received on money loaned within the State.

Court was unable to concede that a Georgia statute levying on inhabitants of the State a poll tax payment of which is made a prerequisite for voting but exempting females who do not register for voting, in any way abridged the right of male citizens to vote on account of their sex.

The principal minister of the court of Ravenna, the learned Cassiodorus, gratified the inclination of the conquerors in a Gothic history, which consisted of twelve books, now reduced to the imperfect abridgment of Jornandes.

Roman court, and gave his abridgment the name of Breviary, which thus came to denote a work which from another point of view might be called a Plenary, involving as it did the collection of several works into one.

But time had worked its curative powers, and soon the letters were abrim with exciting events of this richest court in all the Middle Kingdoms, as well as with pride of new skills mastered.

It would be awfully difficult for Gore to catch up to Bush before December 12unless a court disqualified enough Bush overseas absentee votes.

With a few thousand absentee ballots still uncounted and Republican Perry Hooper appearing to be ahead, the Democrats rushed into court to ask a judge to change the rules.