Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A judged journey in holding court in different places; the district of a judge so traveling.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A division of the country, appointed for a particular Judge to visit for the trial of causes or for the administration of Justice. Bouvier. Circuits, as the term Is used In England, may be otherwise defined to be the periodical progresses of the judges of the superior courts of common law, through the several counties of England and Wales, for the purpose of administering civll and criminal justice.
    —Circuit judge. The judge of a circuit court. Crozier v. Lyons, 72 Iowa, 40i, 34 N. W. 186. '
    —Circuit justice. In federal law and practice. The justice of the supreme court who is allotted to a given circuit. U. S. Comp. St. 1901, p. 486.
    —Circuit paper. In English practice. A paper containing a statement of the time and place at which the several assises will be held, and other statistical information connected with the assises. Holthouse.