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

Examples of common pleas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a blockbuster ruling, a Franklin County common pleas judge on Monday blocked the start of House Bill 6′s nuclear bailout fee next month. cleveland, "Judge blocks state payments for House Bill 6 as Gov. Mike DeWine searches for a new PUCO chair: Capitol Letter," 22 Dec. 2020 Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Alan Triggs will move to common pleas court, besting opponent Stacey DeGraffenreid with 54.87% of the vote (193,037 votes) to her 45.13% (158,791 votes). Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Enquirer, "Several GOP Hamilton County judges swept out by Democrats," 4 Nov. 2020 The suit, filed May 28 in common pleas court, says the officers acted recklessly and with wanton disregard as the chase reached speeds of more than 80 mph while children walked home from school in East Cleveland. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Teen charged in crash that killed 13-year-old girl during Cleveland police chase to be tried in adult court," 17 Aug. 2020 The case against Murray, who is 20 years old, was boundover to common pleas court. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Case against Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s great-grandson will stay in juvenile court, judge rules," 31 July 2020 Jury trials in Hamilton County's common pleas court and municipal court can resume beginning Aug. 3, after more than four months without any because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Jury trials to resume in Hamilton County beginning Monday," 29 July 2020 The positive test comes as both municipal court and common pleas court are beginning jury trials Monday. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Court cases delayed after city prosecutor tests positive for the coronavirus," 9 July 2020 The man settled after Yost brought an action against him in common pleas court under the Consumer Sales Practices Act. Anna Staver,, "Coronavirus: Ohio lawmakers offer bills on profiteering, student-loan repayments," 17 May 2020 Essential functions like plea hearings and sentencings for defendants already in custody have been going forward, although two common pleas courtrooms now have equipment and software to conduct those hearings via videoconferencing. Kevin Grasha,, "Masks will be required for everyone at the Hamilton County Courthouse beginning May 1," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of common pleas

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Common pleas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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