first instance

first instance
initial case (Law); initial moment

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  • first instance — first court hearing. Saying that something happened at first instance refers to the court first hearing a case. Courts may be described as being courts of first instance if they hear cases as opposed to appeals. See appeal, Court of First… …   Law dictionary

  • first instance — /fɜst ˈɪnstəns/ (say ferst instuhns) noun See court of first instance …  

  • Court of first instance — Instance In stance, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See {Instant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion. [1913 Webster] Undertook at her instance to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Court of First Instance — The European Court of First Instance, created in 1989, is a court of the European Union. JurisdictionThe Court of First Instance hears disputes (such as disputes brought by those refused a trademark by OHIM, the EU Trade Mark and designs… …   Wikipedia

  • in the first instance — INITIALLY, at first, at the start, at the outset, in/at the beginning, to begin with, to start with, originally. → instance * * * in the first instance Firstly, originally • • • Main Entry: ↑instance * * * in the first instance british formal… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Court of First Instance (Belgium) — The Court of First Instance (Dutch: Rechtbank van eerste aanleg, French: Tribunal de première instance, German: Gericht erster Instanz) in Belgium consists of three divisions: the Civil Court, the Correctional Court and the Juvenile Court. There… …   Wikipedia

  • Court of first instance (disambiguation) — A court of first instance is a trial court of original or primary jurisdiction. Specific courts called the Court of First Instance include: European Court of First Instance, of the European Union Court of First Instance (France) Court of First… …   Wikipedia

  • Courts of First Instance of Peru — Peru This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Peru …   Wikipedia

  • Court of First Instance (of the European Communities) — a court created by the Single European Act that has a jurisdiction to hear and determine at first instance certain actions brought by natural or legal persons. There is a right of appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Communities. It has …   Law dictionary

  • court of first instance — the court first taking jurisdiction of a case compare court of appeal * * * court of first instance A lawcourt in which proceedings are first heard • • • Main Entry: ↑court court of first instance A lower court in which a legal case is first… …   Useful english dictionary

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