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United States District Courts

The United States district courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the district courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

There are 94 federal judicial districts, including at least one district in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States -- the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands -- have district courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.  Website: www.uscourts.gov/districtcourts.html
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Al-Qurashi v. Obama

3 August 2010 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Combatants / Former combatants - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Terrorism | Countries: United States of America - Yemen

Abdulrahim Abdul Razak Al Ginco v. Obama

Petition for writ of habeas corpus.

22 June 2009 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Combatants / Former combatants - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Pre-trial detention - Right to liberty and security - Terrorism | Countries: Syrian Arab Republic - United States of America

Gherebi v. Obama et al.

22 April 2009 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): International humanitarian law (IHL) / Geneva Conventions - Right to liberty and security - Terrorism | Countries: United States of America

Fadi Al Maqaleh et al. v. Gates et al.; Haji Wazir Redha et al. v. Gates et al.; Amin Al Bakri et al. v. Gates et al.; Al Najar et al. v. Gates et al.

Petitions for habeas corpus.

2 April 2009 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Combatants / Former combatants - Habeas corpus - Jurisdiction - Prison or detention conditions - Right to liberty and security - Terrorism | Countries: United Arab Emirates - United States of America

Omar Khadr v. Bush

Motion to grant a writ of habeas corpus.

24 November 2008 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Children's rights - Combatants / Former combatants - Habeas corpus - Juvenile justice system - Military courts - Pre-trial detention - Prison or detention conditions - War crimes | Countries: Canada - United States of America

Boumediene, et al. v. Bush

Petition for writ of habeas corpus.

20 November 2008 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Combatants / Former combatants - Habeas corpus - Military law | Countries: United States of America

Sameh Sami S. Khouzam v. Thomas H. Hogan, et al.

Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus and to vacate the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security to terminate the court-ordered deferral of removal of the Petitioner. Motion for Release from Custody. The decision was subsequently appealed before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit: Nos. 07-2926 & 08-1094.

10 January 2007 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Convention against Torture (CAT) - Diplomatic assurances - Exclusion clauses - Extradition - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Immigration Detention - Non-refoulement - Rule of law / Due process / Procedural fairness - Serious non-political crime | Countries: Egypt - United States of America

Venantius Nkafor Ngwanyia, et al., v. John Ashcroft, Attorney General, et al.

12 February 2004 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Visas | Countries: United States of America

Venantius Nkafor Ngwanyia, et al. v. John Ashcroft, Attorney General, et al.

14 January 2003 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Countries: United States of America

Marcos Gonzalez Machado v. John Ashcroft, Attorney-General

18 June 2002 | Judicial Body: United States District Courts | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Deportation / Forcible return | Countries: Mexico - United States of America

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