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court of common pleas

or Court of Common Pleas

noun Law.
  1. (formerly in England) a court to hear civil cases between common citizens.
  2. (in some U.S. states) a court with general civil jurisdiction.
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Origin of court of common pleas

First recorded in 1680–90
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British Dictionary definitions for court of common pleas

Court of Common Pleas

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