court of claims
court of claims
1 often cap both Cs: a court (as in Illinois, Michigan, New York, and West Virginia) that has jurisdiction primarily over cases involving claims against the state
2 cap: a former court succeeded by the United States Claims Court see also united states court of federal claims

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

Court of Claims
A U.S. federal court established in 1855 to hear monetary claims against the United States government, based on contracts, express or implied, or claims referred by Congress. It sits in Washington, DC, and is composed of five judges. Some states also have a court of claims.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


court of claims
A state judicial tribunal established as the forum in which to bring certain types of lawsuits against the state or its political subdivisions, such as a county. The former designation given to a federal tribunal created in 1855 by Congress with original jurisdiction—initial authority— to decide an action brought against the United States that is based upon the Constitution, federal law, any regulation of the executive department, or any express or implied contracts with the federal government.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


court of claims
A state judicial tribunal established as the forum in which to bring certain types of lawsuits against the state or its political subdivisions, such as a county. The former designation given to a federal tribunal created in 1855 by Congress with original jurisdiction—initial authority— to decide an action brought against the United States that is based upon the Constitution, federal law, any regulation of the executive department, or any express or implied contracts with the federal government.

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  • Court of claims — Court Court (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co + a root akin to Gr. chorto s inclosure, feeding place, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • court of claims — court′ of claims′ n. law a court specializing in claims against the federal government, a state government, its agencies, etc • Etymology: 1685–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • court of claims — a court having jurisdiction over claims (as against a government) the United States Court of Claims * * * U.S. Law. 1. a court specialized in adjudicating claims against the federal government and its agencies. 2. a special state court… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Court of Claims — The federal Court of Claims was established in 1855. The Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982 abolished this Court and created a new United States Claims Court. Combined with the also abolished United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Claims — The federal Court of Claims was established in 1855. The Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982 abolished this Court and created a new United States Claims Court. Combined with the also abolished United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Claims — The Court of Claims can refer to: Ohio Court of Claims Court of Claims (United Kingdom) Court of Claims (United States), a federal court which existed from 1855 to 1982 United States Court of Federal Claims, an existing federal court established… …   Wikipedia

  • court of claims — U.S. Law. 1. a court specialized in adjudicating claims against the federal government and its agencies. 2. a special state court specialized in adjudicating claims against the state, its subdivisions, and its agencies. [1685 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • Court of Claims — The federal court, created by statute, and vested with jurisdiction of claims against the United States. 28 USC §§ 1491 et seq.; United States v Sherwood, 312 US 584, 85 L Ed 1058, 61 S Ct 767; the designation given in some of the stales to the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • court of claims — Date: 1691 a court that has jurisdiction over claims (as against a government) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Court of Claims — noun US a federal court that tries claims against the government …   English new terms dictionary

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