Definition of high court in English:

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high court


1A supreme court of justice.
Example sentences
  • Smith's case had brought unusual drama to the normally sedate high court.
  • She notes that Canada's high court has held that to be constitutional, a law must promote equality.
  • The Canadians' own high court has recognized the Mi'kmaq's treaty right to earn a livelihood by fishing.
1.1The US Supreme Court.
1.2(In the US) the supreme court in a state.
Example sentences
  • I would hold therefore that the decision of the High Court of Justiciary to reduce the appellant's sentence by nine months in order to compensate him for the effects of the delay was an appropriate and sufficient remedy.
  • He can appeal to the High Court of Justiciary if a sheriff decides to extradite him.
  • In support of the first argument, strong reliance is placed upon the decision of the majority of the High Court of Justiciary in McIntosh v HM Advocate.
1.3US (In some US states) a superior court.
Example sentences
  • President Bush won the state by 537 votes after three weeks of recounts and legal fighting - much of it before Florida's high court.
  • Vermont's high court said that Dean's request to keep those sensitive documents secret is legal.
  • In November 2003, that state's high court ruled that the Massachusetts constitution guarantees gay couples the right to wed.
1.4 (in full High Court of Justice) (In England and Wales) the court of unlimited civil jurisdiction comprising three divisions: Queen’s Bench, Chancery, and the Family Division.
Example sentences
  • The case surrounding the two directors was heard at the High Court of Justice in London.
  • The case is expected to go before London's high court next year.
  • However, it underestimated the calibre of its policyholders, which included high court judges.

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