court of law

1. a duly instituted organ of the government that administers justice, whether on the basis of legislation, previous court decisions, or other authoritative services.
2. a court administering the rules developed by such organs as distinguished from the rules and principles developed and administered in courts of equity. Also called law court.

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  • court of law — court of law: court (1); specif: a court that hears cases and decides them on the basis of statutes and common law compare court of equity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • court of law — court′ of law′ n. law an arm of the judicial branch of government that hears cases and administers justice, usu. on the basis of legislation or precedent …   From formal English to slang

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  • court of law — In a wide sense, any duly constituted tribunal administering the laws of the state or nation; in a narrower sense, a court proceeding according to the course of the common law and governed by its rules and principles, as contrasted with a court… …   Black's law dictionary

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