nisi prius

Definition of "nisi prius"
  1. The initial trial court where a case was first heard, often called a court of original jurisdiction
How to use "nisi prius" in a sentence
  1. The disputed contract will be first evaluated at nisi prius.
  2. The defendant requested a faster nisi prius hearing of his case.
  3. The ruling at nisi prius typically sets the precedent for following trials in the case.

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