U.S.Territorial Courts Law and Legal Definition

U.S. territorial courts are tribunals established in the territories of United States by the Congress pursuant to its power Article I of the Constitution. Except for three, most of the other territorial courts have become non functional because the territory under their jurisdiction have become states or have been retroceded.

The U.S. Territorial Courts still in existence are:

  • United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands
  • District Court of Guam
  • District Court of the Virgin Islands

Although the above courts are reffered to as U.S. district courts they are not same as the U.S. district courts created under Article III of the Constitution.