court of common pleas

or Court of Common Pleas

  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.

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

  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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