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

    One of the portions into which an entire state or country may be divided, for judicial, political or administrative purposes. The United States are divided into judicial districts, in each of which Is established a district court. They are also divided into election districts, collection districts, etc. The circuit or territory within which a person may be compelled to appear. Cowell. Circuit of authority; province. Enc. Lond.
    —District attorney. The prosecuting officer of the United States government in each of the federal judicial districts. Also, under the state governments, the prosecuting officer who represents the state in each of its judicial districts. In some states, where the territory is divided, for judicial purposes, into sections called by some other name than "districts," the same officer is denominated "county attorney" or "state's attorney." Smith v. Scranton. 3 C. P. Rep. (Pat) 84; State v. Salge, 2 Nev. 324.
    — District clerk. The clerk of a district court of either a slate or the United States.
    —District courts. Courts of the United States, each having territorial jurisdiction over a dtstrict, which may include a whole state or only part of it. Each of these courts is presided over by one judge, who must reside within the district. These courts have original jurisdiction over nil admiralty and maritime causes and all proceedings in bankruptcy, and over all penal and criminal matters cognizable under the laws of the United States, exclusive jurisdiction over which is not vested either in the supreme or circuit courts. Also inferior courts of reconi in California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, and Texas are also called "district courts." Their jurisdiction is for the most part similar to that of county courts, (q. v.)
    — District judge. The judge of a United States district court; also, in some states, the judge of a district court of the state.
    —District parishes. Ecolesiastical divisions of parishes in England, for ali purposes of worship, and for the celebration of marriages, christenings, church-ings, and burials, formed at the instance of the queen's commissioners for building new churches. See 3 Steph. Comm. 744.
    —District registry. By the English judicature act, 1873, § 60, it is provided that to facilitate proceedings in country districts the crown may, from time to time, by order in council, create district registries, and appoint district registrars for the purpose of issuing writs of summons, and for other purposes. Documents sealed in any such district registry shall be received in evidence without further proof, (section 61;) and the district registrars may administer oaths or do other things as provided by rules or a special order of the court, (section 62.) Power, however, is given to a judge to remove proceedings from a district registry to the office of the high court. Section 65. By order in council of 12th of August, 1875, a number of district registries have been established in the places mentioned in that order; and the prothonotaries in Liv-erpooi, Manchester, and Preston, the district registrar of the court of admiralty at Liverpool, and the county court registrars in the other places named, have been appointed district registrars. Wharton. As to "Fire," "Judicial," "Land," "Levee," "Mineral," "Mining," "Road," "School," and "Taxing" districts, see those titles.