common pleas

plural noun

Definition of common pleas

1 singular in construction : court of common pleas
2a : actions over which the English crown did not exercise exclusive jurisdiction
b : civil actions between English subjects

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Former Cuyahoga County common pleas court judge Astrab was appointed prosecutor on Jan. 16, 2018., "Stephanie Scalise named new University Heights city prosecutor," 12 Sep. 2019 After allegations of a common pleas judge drunk on the bench, the state will review his cases. Liz Dufour,, "State to review up to 2,700 court cases after allegations of judge's alcoholism," 13 June 2019 Only 47 of the state's more than 350 common pleas, municipal and county courts report their convictions automatically using this tool, an Ohio Supreme Court spokeswoman said. Chrissie Thompson,, "Gun control: How felons could still buy firearms in Ohio," 27 Feb. 2018 Separately, 14 other fraternity members are awaiting trial after some charges against them were previously forwarded to common pleas court for trial after a pair of marathon preliminary hearings before a different judge in the same courthouse. Washington Post, "Video of booze-soaked party shown in frat fall case hearing," 2 May 2018 Ke'von Smith, 20, faces a murder charge in common pleas court. Kevin Grasha,, "Prosecutor: 5 involved in home invasion that led to girl's death," 4 Apr. 2018 Defendants facing felonies would have their cases transferred from municipal court to common pleas court. Peter Krouse,, "Cuyahoga County task force seeks sweeping bail reforms," 16 Mar. 2018 Most municipal and common pleas courts have searchable, online information. Sheila Vilvens,, "How well do you really know your babysitter?," 13 Mar. 2018 Of those delinquent courts, 15 were common pleas courts, which handle the state's most serious offenses. Chrissie Thompson,, "Gun control: How felons could still buy firearms in Ohio," 27 Feb. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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