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court of first instance Line breaks: court of first in|stance

Definition of court of first instance in English:


A court in which legal proceedings are begun or first heard.
Example sentences
  • Except for a limited number of clearly specified instances when the Supreme Court is the court of first instance, it has appellate jurisdiction only.
  • Likewise, this article does not apply in cases where the charge is dismissed or the accused person is acquitted either by the court of first instance or, on appeal, by a higher tribunal.
  • This court has considered the meaning of ‘the court’ in equivalent sub-sections on three previous occasions and has held that it means the court of first instance and not the Court of Appeal.

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