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Definition - What does District Court mean?

Each state has one or more federal judicial districts and a district court in each district. United State's district courts are considered trial courts and have jurisdiction over cases involving federal offenses, laws, statutes, and crimes. District courts can also review cases which are interpreting federal law or between two parties from different states or countries. The Congress and the Constitution have established the jurisdiction for district courts, but in general, they can hear cases which involve both criminal and civil matters.

There are 94 United States district courts, including courts in Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. After the district courts make decisions, the decisions may be reviewed by the United States Court of Appeals. Certain states may also have state courts which are also called district courts.

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