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court

noun     /kɔːt/ (also law court, also court of law)
[C or U] LAW a room or building in which trials and legal cases are decided , or the group of people , including , for example , a judge and other officials , who listen to and make decisions on legal cases : Different courts are responsible for different types of cases . Unless a solution can be reached , the case will go to court later this month . The legality of electronic signatures is to be tested in court.the court found/held The website was shut down after a US district court held that the copying of albums was a violation of copyright law .court case/hearing/trial The court case is due to be heard next month . → Compare tribunal
take sb to court LAW to take legal action against someone: Unless they resolve the matter , I intend to take them to court.
settle (a case) out of court LAW to end a legal disagreement without taking legal action : The firm has agreed to settle out of court.
→ See also Admiralty court, appeal court, appeals court, civil court, commercial court, county court, criminal court, Crown Court, district court, federal court, High Court, labour court, law court, out-of-court, tribunal, state court, Supreme Court
(Definition of court noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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