in the first instance


in the first instance
in the first (or second etc.) instance in the first (or second etc.) place or stage of a proceeding.
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  • first instance — first court hearing. Saying that something happened at first instance refers to the court first hearing a case. Courts may be described as being courts of first instance if they hear cases as opposed to appeals. See appeal, Court of First… …   Law dictionary

  • Court of first instance — Instance In stance, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See {Instant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion. [1913 Webster] Undertook at her instance to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Court of First Instance — The European Court of First Instance, created in 1989, is a court of the European Union. JurisdictionThe Court of First Instance hears disputes (such as disputes brought by those refused a trademark by OHIM, the EU Trade Mark and designs… …   Wikipedia

  • Court of first instance — The phrase court of first instance can refer to the following things:* A trial court of original or primary jurisdiction.* The Court of First Instance is also the name of a specific trial court of the European Union.*French civil jurisdiction… …   Wikipedia

  • Court of First Instance — (CFI) The forum for appeals against decisions made by the European Commission. The CFI has specific jurisdiction to review decisions imposing penalty payments or fines and, where appropriate, it may increase, reduce or cancel any such sanction.… …   Law dictionary

  • in the first place — {adv. phr.} 1. Before now; in the beginning; first. * /You already ate breakfast! Why didn t you tell me that in the first place instead of saying you didn t want to eat?/ * /Carl patched his old football but it soon leaked again. He should have… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in the first place — {adv. phr.} 1. Before now; in the beginning; first. * /You already ate breakfast! Why didn t you tell me that in the first place instead of saying you didn t want to eat?/ * /Carl patched his old football but it soon leaked again. He should have… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Court of First Instance (Belgium) — The Court of First Instance (Dutch: Rechtbank van eerste aanleg, French: Tribunal de première instance, German: Gericht erster Instanz) in Belgium consists of three divisions: the Civil Court, the Correctional Court and the Juvenile Court. There… …   Wikipedia

  • Court of first instance (disambiguation) — A court of first instance is a trial court of original or primary jurisdiction. Specific courts called the Court of First Instance include: European Court of First Instance, of the European Union Court of First Instance (France) Court of First… …   Wikipedia

  • Courts of First Instance of Peru — Peru This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Peru …   Wikipedia

  • Court of First Instance (of the European Communities) — a court created by the Single European Act that has a jurisdiction to hear and determine at first instance certain actions brought by natural or legal persons. There is a right of appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Communities. It has …   Law dictionary


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