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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 court on Sunday overturned a lower court ruling dismissing the immigration status of the girl, 15, and sent the case back to the Seoul High Court for retrial.
Discipline among the lower court magistrates will go a long way; but discipline among the Supreme Court justices themselves will go way much longer.
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.
This Essay speaks to the continuing vitality of the holding-dictum distinction through the first systematic study of how lower courts treat higher court dicta.
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 rhetoric of the case--the grand things they said about relationships--certainly strongly suggests it goes much farther, but the legal analysis isn't all that clear, so it means there is a fight going on in the lower courts.
Last year a lower court ruled against Silverstein, but his lawyers won an appeal, which was heard last week by U.
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.