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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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