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 Part of that verdict was reduced from 20 million to 250,000 by Cuyahoga common pleas judge. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Only the state legislature can increase or decrease the number of judges assigned to a county common pleas court. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021 Seven of the 29 lawsuits filed in common pleas or federal court are over jail deaths. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 9 May 2021 The attorneys called for the establishment of a rule to grant each county one common pleas judge for every 50,000 residents. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021 The jail, common pleas courthouse, prosecutor’s office, and other justice services are all currently housed in the downtown Justice Center on Lakeside Avenue. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 19 July 2021 Others were concerned that the housing court would be in common pleas court rather than in municipal court, where a part-time housing docket already exists. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 6 Oct. 2021 McDonnell said the county’s common pleas court judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys could have worked to lower bonds for inmates to try to get them out of jail, but Mills could not. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2021 Hanwell shared that there are not many other projects like this in the state, as such an effort requires that a city council, municipal and common pleas court judges, city administrators and county commissioners all agree to the project. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of common pleas

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2022

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“Common pleas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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