Federal District Courts

Federal District Courts, also known as "trial courts" "courts of first instance," are local courts where legal cases begin. There are 94 different district courts throughout the United States. District courts hear evidence, listen to witnesses, and decide on the outcome of the case based on legal principles. These courts handle various types of legal cases. District court decisions can be "appealed" to an appeals court, or ultimately, a state's supreme court or the federal supreme court.