One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A court in which legal proceedings are begun or first heard.
- ‘In any event, a court of first instance will more often than not have to consider what reliance can be placed on material that is not susceptible of cross-examination.’
- ‘The jurisprudence on when an appeal tribunal or appellate court can simply set out the reasoning of the fact-finding tribunal or court of first instance and say, ‘we agree’ would not be in point.’
- ‘The decision made by the court of first instance (conviction or not) may have no influence at all (but a higher penalty may only be imposed unanimously).’
- ‘Although a court of first instance could decline to allow citation of another first instance decision, this would be pointless because it is not bound by judgments on the same level anyway.’
- ‘I say that that principle applies equally to decisions of courts of first instance.’
- ‘In some jurisdictions, a branch of the court of first instance undertakes the appellate function.’
- ‘It is for the national courts, and in particular the court of first instance, to assess the evidence before them.’
- ‘Except for a limited number of clearly specified instances when the Supreme Court is the court of first instance, it has appellate jurisdiction only.’
- ‘Likewise, this article does not apply in cases where the charge is dismissed or the accused person is acquitted either by the court of first instance or, on appeal, by a higher tribunal.’
- ‘The land was occupied by the defendants under an agreement which purported to be a licence but which the court of first instance held to be a lease.’
- ‘Since the sentences were handed down in the court of first instance, the 19 convicted persons still have right to appeal their sentences to two higher courts - the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.’
- ‘The company announced it had lodged an appeal at the EU's court of first instance against the commission's decision from March.’
- ‘If upon the facts it is unreasonable, or plainly unjust, the appellate court may infer that in some way there has been a failure properly to exercise the discretion which the law reposes in the court of first instance.’
- ‘This court has considered the meaning of ‘the court’ in equivalent sub-sections on three previous occasions and has held that it means the court of first instance and not the Court of Appeal.’
- ‘The Case Tribunal, which is a court of first instance, is exercising a jurisdiction of a different nature.’
- ‘Below this there were various courts of appeal, and on the lowest level a multiplicity of courts of first instance.’
- ‘He indicated in his reply submissions that, if his appeal was dismissed, he wished to make an application to the court of first instance for permission to amend the Particulars of Claim.’
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