Circuit riding

In the United States, circuit riding was the practice of a judge, sometimes referred to as a circuit rider, traveling to a judicial district (referred to as a circuit) to preside over court cases there.[1] A defining feature of American federal courts for over a century after the founding of the United States, circuit riding has since been mostly abolished.[2] The term, however, lives on in the name "circuit court", a colloquialism commonly used to refer to the United States courts of appeals.


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