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instance court Line breaks: in|stance court

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Definition of instance court in English:


1 old-fashioned term for court of first instance.
Example sentences
  • This section requires a judgment by the first instance court, here the Magistrate, as to the overall fairness, in all the circumstances, of admitting the evidence.
  • It is difficult to see why the power given to the arbitral tribunal to continue proceedings should extend to an application to the first instance court but not beyond.
  • In those circumstances it is more appropriately dealt with by a first instance court.
1.1 (Instance Court) (In the UK) a branch of the former Admiralty Court dealing with private maritime matters.
Example sentences
  • The Instance Court likewise regulates many other points of maritime law, such as disputes between part-owners of vessels, and questions relating to salvage.
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