Definition of federal case in English:

federal case

noun

US
Law
  • 1A criminal case that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court.

    • ‘Continued analysis of this important federal case will likely continue for some time.’
    • ‘The federal appeals court said there is no reason the federal case cannot go forward at the same time.’
    • ‘The FBI has a decentralized command structure to facilitate prosecution of federal cases at the local field-office level.’
    • ‘If a fraud scheme happens entirely in Georgia, but happens to involve one letter sent to Florida because someone was on vacation there, why does that make it legitimately a federal case?’
    • ‘In fact, circuit courts are the final venue for 99 percent of federal cases and most regulatory challenges.’
    1. 1.1informal A matter of great concern or with dire consequences.
      ‘I'm not trying to make a federal case out of this, Christine, but you've got to do something’
      • ‘Teachers and administrators should not make a federal case out of it.’
      • ‘We were not about to make a federal case out of it and neither did the waiter, who removed the offending dish and asked us what we would like as a replacement, no questions asked.’
      • ‘You don't need to make a federal case out of it!’
      • ‘That poor little girl, we could make a federal case out of her story.’
      • ‘You make it out to be a federal case if I get too close to anyone.’