court of common pleas

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:
1680–90

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Court of Common Pleas
 
n
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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