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lower court

n. 1) any court of lesser rank, such as municipal or justice court below a superior or county court, a superior or county court below an appeals court, or a federal District Court of Appeals below the U. S. Supreme Court. 2) a reference in an appeal to the trial court which originally heard the case. Typical language in an appeals decision: "In the lower court, the judge ruled Defendant had no basis for...."

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The IHC judge said that previously the lower court umpteenth time gave chance to Musharraf to appear in the court, but he failed to make it to the court, which led to the issuance of the non-bailable warrant.
The employees of the lower courts were demanding increase in their salaries and allowances so that they were equal to that of the Sindh High Court staff.
The lower court ruled that once a binder is signed the insurance contract is closed and the binder is the same as the regular contract.
When an improper or undesirable decision fell under higher-court scrutiny, Supreme Court judges made sure to bring lower courts into line.
Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the ruling and remanded the case to the lower court, directing parties to "flesh out" contentions that the survey system violated providers' due process rights.
In the lower courts arrogance takes various forms, from demanding preposterous kowtowing by counsel to giving the Supreme Court's constitutional interpretations extravagant readings that plunge the judge into management of problems that belong in the hands of the politically responsible (as with the prison hot pots and school planetarium).
The lower courts just carry out the decisions of the Supreme Court," explains Senator Paul Simon, a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee.
The Supreme Court reversed, in part, the rulings of the lower courts and held that the prosecutor was entitled to only qualified immunity for providing legal advice to the police.
He said the lower courts either ignored or were unaware of key elements in the trial transcript: that after Rosenkrantz shot Redman 10 times one week after being revealed as gay, he spent 20 days as an armed fugitive, traveling to the Bay Area, then returning to Los Angeles to buy more ammunition.
Even though the case produced no new legislation -- it's due to appear in lower courts later this year, -- it has set a precedent for shareholders to sue sponsors in the future if there is evidence the latter are stalling the sales.
The simple fact is that most legal issues never find their way to the Supreme Court, which means that the lower courts often have the final say.