Definition of instance court in English:

instance court

Line breaks: in|stance court


  • 1 old-fashioned term for court of first instance.
    More 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.
    More 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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw