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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.
Also, Court of Common Pleas.
Origin
1680-1690
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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