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First Instance

The initial trial court where an action is brought.

A court of first instance is distinguishable from an appellate court, which is a court of last instance. In the federal court system, a federal district court is a court of first instance, whereas the Supreme Court is the court of last instance.

first instance

first court hearing. Courts may be described as being courts of first instance if they hear or try cases as opposed to hearing appeals. See APPEAL; see also COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE.
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Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 6 ( ANI ): In what may be the first instance, a tiger in Maharashtra will be getting a prosthetic limb, with the joint efforts of Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University (MAFSU) and a leading orthopaedic surgeon of Nagpur.
Al Ain, one of the most storied clubs in the UAE top flight, could still feature in the AFC Champions League next season if they successfully appeal against the Pro League Committee's (PLC) First Instance Body decision on club licensing.
The overall recognition rate stood at 61% for first instance decisions and increased compared to previous year.
The reaction of the Dubai Court of First Instance to the Decree 19 Tribunal decision in Meydan
Judge Mustafa BaE-er from the ystanbul 32nd Court of First Instance was arrested in May after he ruled for the release of Samanyolu Broadcasting Group CEO Hidayet Karaca and 63 police officers.
The amendment allows First Instance Court's personal status judges who were promoted to continue at their posts after getting the promotion due to the lack of enough judges to replace them.
The judicial sector will include the Arbitration and Reconciliation Department, the Department of First Instance, the Department of Appeal and the Law Enforcement Department.
Hamad Saod had challenged the death sentence handed down to him by the court of first instance for the murder of Wadeema.
In particular, Tsvetanov argued against the practice of release on house arrest of persons convicted on first instance while their second instance appeals are under way, as is the case with Ivanov.
Supreme Court President Petros Artemis called for the appointment of 20 new judges and the establishment of an administrative court of first instance to take some load off the highest court.
The Ministry of Finance resolved the last of a total of 30,744 cases of denationalization in a first instance procedure, Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski informed.
Manama-Sept8(BNA) Suspect Sadok Taher Ibrahim today reappeared before the first instance of the National Safety Court (penal court), accused of attempted murder, rallying and inciting regime hatred.

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