Legal Definition and Related Resources of Circuit

Meaning of Circuit

A geographic division of the country and the states which encompasses the jurisdiction of a particular court . At the present time there are eleven circuits in which United States Courts of appeal operate . circuit court of appeals: The former name of the United States Court of Appeals. See 28 U.S.C. §§41-48.

Circuit Alternative Definition

A division of the country, appointed for a particular judge to visit for the trial of causes, or for the administration of justice. See 3 Bl. Conun. 58; 3 Bouv. Inst, note 2532, , In England the term is oftener applied, perhaps, to the periodical journeys of the judges through their various circuits. The judges, or, in England, commissioners of assize and nisi prius, are said “to make their circuit.” 3 Bl. Comm. 57. In England there are eight judicial circuits, viz., the North and South Wales, northern, northeastern, southeastern, westem, Midland and Oxford. See 3 Bl. Comm. 58; 3 Steph. Comm. 221. For the purposes of federal jurisdiction, the United States is divided into nine circuits, designated by number. Rev. St. U.S. 1878, § 604. See “Circuit Courts.”

Synonyms of Circuit


  • ambit
  • area
  • arrondissement
  • bounds
  • circuitus
  • circulus
  • confines
  • district
  • domain
  • dominion
  • exclusive area
  • extent
  • field
  • hemisphere
  • jurisdiction
  • land
  • locus
  • orbis
  • orbit
  • pale
  • part
  • place
  • precinct
  • province
  • quarter
  • range
  • realm
  • region
  • section
  • site
  • situs
  • sphere
  • territory
  • zone
  • Associated Concepts: circuit court
  • circuit court of appeals
  • circuit judge
  • circuit officers
  • judicial circuits
  • riding circuit

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Circuit in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

A division of country visited by a judge for the dispensing of justice, as for the trial of causes; also, the periodical journey itself.

Note: This legal definition of Circuit in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

Meaning of Circuit in Political Science

A very basic notion of Circuit related to the United States’election law is provided here: An assigned district or territory



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