first instance

first instance
first court hearing. Saying that something happened at first instance refers to the court first hearing a case. Courts may be described as being courts of first instance if they hear cases as opposed to appeals. See appeal, Court of First Instance.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


first instance
The initial trial court where an action is brought.

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


first instance
The initial trial court where an action is brought.

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

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  • first instance — /fɜst ˈɪnstəns/ (say ferst instuhns) noun See court of first instance …   Australian-English dictionary

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  • Court of First Instance (of the European Communities) — a court created by the Single European Act that has a jurisdiction to hear and determine at first instance certain actions brought by natural or legal persons. There is a right of appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Communities. It has …   Law dictionary

  • court of first instance — the court first taking jurisdiction of a case compare court of appeal * * * court of first instance A lawcourt in which proceedings are first heard • • • Main Entry: ↑court court of first instance A lower court in which a legal case is first… …   Useful english dictionary

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