What is Court?

  • (noun): A yard wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings.
    Example: "The house was built around an inner court"
    Synonyms: courtyard
    See also — Additional definitions below


A court is a tribunal, often a governmental institution, with the authority to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in civil, criminal, and administrative matters in accordance with the rule of law. In both common law and civil law legal systems, courts are the central means for dispute resolution, and it is generally understood that all persons have an ability to bring their claims before a court. Similarly, the rights of those accused of a crime include the right to present a defense before a court.

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Dunstan - Early Life (909–43) - School To The King's Court
... He was later appointed to the court of King Athelstan ... Dunstan soon became a favourite of the king and was the envy of other members of the court ... The king ordered him to leave the court and as Dunstan was leaving the palace his enemies physically attacked him, beat him severely, bound him, and threw him into a cesspool ...
Emperor Go-Kameyama - Eras of Go-Kameyama's Reign
... Nanboku-chō southern court Eras as reckoned by legitimate Court (as determined by Meiji rescript) Kōwa (1381–1384) Genchū (1384–1393) Nanboku-chō northern court Eras as ...
Daniel Webster - Constitutional Lawyer
... of his generation and probably had more influence on the powerful Marshall Court than any other advocate had ... Of the 223 cases he argued before the Supreme Court, he won about half of them ... an important role in eight of the most celebrated constitutional cases decided by the Court between 1801 and 1824 ...
Iona Nikitchenko
22, 1967, Moscow, Russian SFSR) was a judge of the Supreme Court of the Soviet Union ... His court experience started in May 1920 when he was appointed as the chairman-deputy of the Military Court of Semirechye Army Group during the Civil War ... In 1924 was appointed as the member of the Military Court Collegiate of the Moscow Military District ...
Wyoming - State Law and Government - Judicial System
... Wyoming's highest court is the Supreme Court of Wyoming, with five justices presiding over appeals from the state's lower courts ... in that it does not have an intermediate appellate court, like most states ... Appeals from the state district courts go directly to the Wyoming Supreme Court ...

More definitions of "Court":

  • (noun): The residence of a sovereign or nobleman.
    Example: "The king will visit the duke's court"
  • (noun): The family and retinue of a sovereign or prince.
    Synonyms: royal court
  • (noun): A specially marked area within which a game is played.
    Example: "Players had to reserve a court in advance"
  • (noun): The sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state.
    Synonyms: royal court
  • (verb): Seek someone's favor.
    Synonyms: woo
  • (noun): A room in which a law court sits.
    Synonyms: courtroom
  • (noun): Respectful deference.
    Example: "Pay court to the emperor"
    Synonyms: homage
  • (verb): Engage in social activities leading to marriage.
    Example: "We were courting for over ten years"
  • (noun): An assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business.
    Synonyms: tribunal, judicature
  • (noun): Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947).
    Synonyms: Margaret Court

Famous quotes containing the word court:

    As to “Don Juan,” confess ... that it is the sublime of that there sort of writing; it may be bawdy, but is it not good English? It may be profligate, but is it not life, is it not the thing? Could any man have written it who has not lived in the world? and tooled in a post-chaise? in a hackney coach? in a Gondola? against a wall? in a court carriage? in a vis a vis? on a table? and under it?
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)

    If a walker is indeed an individualist there is nowhere he can’t go at dawn and not many places he can’t go at noon. But just as it demeans life to live alongside a great river you can no longer swim in or drink from, to be crowded into safer areas and hours takes much of the gloss off walking—one sport you shouldn’t have to reserve a time and a court for.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932)