Definitions for "Court of First Instance"
Consisting of 15 judges, this intermediate appellate court also decides disputes regarding EU law. This court was created in 1989 to alleviate delays in deciding cases because of an increased caseload. The court's jurisdiction is focused on competition cases and staff cases.
A European institution set up pursuant to the Single European Act. Appeals lie to the European Court of Justice. It sits in Luxembourg.
(CFI): A first instance tribunal attached to the Court of Justice of the European Communities ( European Court of Justice), which hears (amongst other things) appeals against the European Commission's competition law decisions. See