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1The highest judicial court in a country or state.
- ‘Lawyers for the prisoners have been tied up ever since in a series of appeals and counter appeals to different levels of court to get the hearings the supreme court promised.’
- ‘District courts hear civil and criminal cases, high courts hear appeals, and the supreme court reviews judgments by lower courts.’
- ‘William Rehnquist, chief justice of the US supreme court, is 80 years old and has been diagnosed with a serious form of thyroid cancer.’
- ‘The highest judicial body is the supreme court.’
- ‘The judicial branch consists of the supreme court and several layers of lower courts.’
- ‘The high court, a court of appeals, and a supreme court constitute the core of the justice system.’
- ‘That's being argued right now in the supreme court of justice, by the way.’
- ‘The formal system is organized under an independent judiciary headed by a supreme court.’
- ‘The judicial branch includes a supreme court with justices appointed by the president.’
- ‘The chief justice of the supreme court has stepped into the presidency, as stipulated in the constitution.’
- ‘The supreme court and lower courts comprise the judicial branch.’
- ‘After all, constitutions and supreme courts are state constitutions and courts, and whatever limitations to government action they might contain is determined by agents of the very same institution.’
- ‘Each republic had an independent judiciary with a supreme court, lower courts, and a constitutional court.’
- ‘As long as it stood, it was the supreme court and legislative body in all matters of Torah law.’
- ‘Conflicts over the legality of such ordinances sometimes reached various state supreme courts.’
- ‘Another test will be the imminent retirement of the chief justice of the supreme court, William Rehnquist, who has thyroid cancer.’
- ‘The rule of law must be respected and honored - especially by the chief justice of a state supreme court.’
- ‘As in the United States, the judicial branch is comprised of a supreme court and lower, local courts.’
- ‘In Alabama, a chief justice of the state supreme court was forced to remove a giant monument of the 10 Commandments from his courthouse.’
- ‘In addition, the Supreme Court economizes on its time by giving little weight to decisions by the federal courts of appeals and the state supreme courts.’
- 1.1 The final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases, which also hears appeals in criminal cases from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It was established in 2009 to take over the judicial functions of the House of Lords.
- ‘The first Rules of the new Supreme Court of Judicature adopted the Chancery practice.’
- ‘Overruling the defendants' objection, the Supreme Court of Judicature declared that it is the jury's responsibility to determine the credibility of the evidence.’
- ‘In 1997 Hutton became one of the law lords who comprise Britain's supreme court, ending his career when he retired this month.’
- ‘Britain's most senior judges are set to move to a new supreme court housed in a former judicial building facing the Palace of Westminster in Parliament Square.’
- ‘He no longer sits with the law lords and will have no place in the new supreme court.’
- 1.2 The highest federal court in the US, consisting of nine justices.
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