Definition of at first instance in English:

at first instance


  • At the first court hearing concerning a case.

    ‘The Federal Court of Australia at first instance and then on appeal denied judicial review.’
    • ‘That court unanimously dismissed an appeal against a judgment entered by Justice Carr at first instance in that court.’
    • ‘His application for judicial review was dismissed at first instance on 11 April 2001.’
    • ‘Although both the judge at first instance and the Court of Appeal held that the agreement was void, the House of Lords held the contract to be valid and binding.’
    • ‘At first instance, the jury returned a verdict in favour of the defendant.’