district court

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

1) in the federal court system, a trial court for federal cases in a court district, which is all or a portion of a state. Thus, if you file suit in federal court, your case will normally be heard in federal district court. 2) A local court in some states. States may also group their appellate courts into districts -- for example, The First District Court of Appeal.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.