court of common pleas

or Court of Common Pleas

noun Law.

(formerly in England) a court to hear civil cases between common citizens.
(in some U.S. states) a court with general civil jurisdiction.

Origin of court of common pleas

First recorded in 1680–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for court of common pleas

Court of Common Pleas


English law (formerly) a superior court exercising jurisdiction in civil actions between private citizens
US law (in some states) a court exercising original and general jurisdiction
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