Definition of courtroom in US English:



  • The place or room in which a court of law meets.

    as modifier ‘a bitter courtroom battle’
    • ‘In American courtrooms, however, the language in which historical justice is being debated has taken on an unusual character.’
    • ‘Once again, we take you inside a courtroom for a real criminal trial in front of a judge and jury.’
    • ‘If this action should go ahead to a trial, it would be quite some time before it would reach the courtroom.’
    • ‘While once they chatted at the 19th hole, the pair may next meet across a civil courtroom.’
    • ‘The role of counsel in the courtroom should never vary, and all counsel are to be on an equal footing.’
    • ‘Sometime later they reach a decision and the parties are all called back into the courtroom.’
    • ‘We do not have the luxury of the system, which can provide instant access to litigants, in terms of courtrooms, judges and jury panels.’
    • ‘Both matters have been called outside the courtroom three times and there is no appearance.’
    • ‘As noted above, a major reason for press and public access to courtrooms is to ensure fairness.’
    • ‘Court observation can, however, be deceptively straightforward, and anyone who spends time in courtrooms quickly becomes aware of its drawbacks.’
    • ‘It is possible, in some instances, to hold the trial in a courtroom where there is a specially protected dock.’
    • ‘Most of the action in housing court takes place in the hallways outside the courtrooms.’
    • ‘He was leading me on a tour of his domain, which includes four modern courtrooms and the judges' chambers on the floor below.’
    • ‘For their courtrooms to function, they can't afford to second-guess themselves, at least not regularly.’
    • ‘We say that policy reasons seem to play a role in the courtroom, but not outside the courtroom.’
    • ‘The verdicts and sentences were announced outside the courtroom by the prosecutor and defence lawyers.’
    • ‘Tapestries had been hung in nine original courtrooms in the High Court.’
    • ‘Apparently enquiries have been made as to the availability of alternative judges or alternative courtrooms in another venue.’
    • ‘This is the fiction that people who come into courtrooms are all reasonable people.’
    • ‘She has helped to undermine the assumption that the tobacco industry is invincible in American courtrooms.’
    court of law, law court, bench, bar, court of justice, judicature, tribunal, forum, chancery, assizes
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