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Circuit

A territorial or geographical division of a country or state.

A circuit is the judicial territory over which a court has the jurisdiction to hear cases.

circuit

noun ambit, area, arrondissement, bounds, confines, district, domain, dominion, exclusive area, extent, field, hemisphere, jurisdiction, land, locus, orbis, orbit, pale, part, place, precinct, province, quarter, range, realm, region, section, site, situs, sphere, territory, zone
Associated concepts: circuit court, circuit court of appeals, circuit judge, circuit officers, judicial circuits, riding circuit
See also: bench, boundary, circulate, circumscribe, contour, cycle, detour, district, encompass, extent, gamut, outline, periphery, province, region, scope, sphere, territory

circuit

a periodical journey made to an area by judges. The regularity of the practice led to the administrative divisions of the English court service being described as circuits. The Scottish High Court of Justiciary still sits on circuit around Scotland.