(noun) A formal institution that has the power to make decisions (judgments) based on law and the coercive power of authority to enforce those decisions.
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- Plural: courts
- In contrast to a court, a moot is similar but informal.
- Also called:
- court of justice
- court of law
- law court (lawcourt)
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How to Cite the Definition of Court
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “court.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/court/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
court. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/court/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “court.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/court/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“court.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/court/>.