cir·cuit n
1 a: a route formerly taken by traveling judges
b: a district established within a state or the federal judicial system see also the judicial system in the back matter
2 cap: the court of appeals for a circuit in the federal judicial system
after the 9th Circuit 's ruling — V. M. Sher

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun ambit, area, arrondissement, bounds, circuitus, circulus, confines, district, domain, dominion, exclusive area, extent, field, hemisphere, jurisdiction, land, locus, orbis, orbit, pale, part, place, precinct, province, quarter, range, realm, region, section, site, situs, sphere, territory, zone associated concepts: circuit court, circuit court of appeals, circuit judge, circuit officers, judicial circuits, riding circuit II index bench, circulate, circumscribe (surround by boundary), contour (outline), cycle, detour, district, encompass (surround), extent, gamut, outline (boundary), periphery, province, region, scope, sphere, territory

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A judicial division of a state or the country, usually covering several counties or districts.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1 Historically, a judicial district wherein a judge would travel from town to town to preside over hearings.
2 A judicial district established in some states wherein one or more courts have jurisdiction to hear cases.
3 One of the twelve judicial districts (along with a special nationwide thirteenth circuit) in which the United States is divided for the appellate review of federal trials by a United States Court of Appeals.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A territorial or geographical division of a country or state.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A territorial or geographical division of a country or state.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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