common pleas

plural noun

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

Examples of common pleas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wilson’s case was transferred to common pleas court last year. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 30 May 2023 Repeat offenders can face felony charges in common pleas courts, Manning said. cleveland, 27 Jan. 2023 The common pleas court agreed with us. NBC News, 1 July 2021 One possibility at the top of his list is running for Cuyahoga County common pleas judge, Kelley tells Courtney Astolfi. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 29 Dec. 2021 The website features a flow chart of the hierarchy of courts in Ohio, the dates of the primary and general elections, videos explaining municipal, common pleas, juvenile, appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court. cleveland, 9 May 2022 Other Ohio housing courts that have been created in Franklin and Cuyahoga counties are based in municipal court, not common pleas. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 6 Oct. 2021 Another related suit settled In July 2020, Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman put a lawsuit filed in common pleas court by another subcontractor on the Anderson High project on hold because the case was in arbitration. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 26 Dec. 2022 Jacob Wohl, 24, of Irvine, California, and Jack Burkman, 56, of Arlington, Virginia, could each receive a year in prison when they are sentenced Nov. 29 in common pleas court. Mark Gillispie, Detroit Free Press, 26 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of common pleas was in 1531

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“Common pleas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Legal Definition

Common Pleas

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