Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Court Definition:

Either the room in which, and during which, judicial proceedings are hosted, or to the judicial body presiding over those proceedings, usually personified in the person of a judge.

Related Terms: Court of Record

Where justice is judicially administered.

May, in exceptional cases, be convened outdoors, usually for the purposes of assessing evidence not readily brought into an indoor courtroom.

Also, the judicial agencies, usually organized in hierarchy to accommodate appeals, tasked by constitutional law to receive evidence for the purpose of administering justice between opposing litigants, as part of the judicial branch of government, and as personified by individual judges who preside alone or in small groups over trials and other judicial hearings.

Traditionally, neither the venue nor the officers presiding over arbitration or administrative tribunals are not called court or courts, the name reserved for the general courts of common law or statutory jurisdisdiction.

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