court of common pleas

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Definition of court of common pleas 

1 : a former English superior court having civil jurisdiction

2 : an intermediate court in some American states that usually has civil and criminal jurisdiction

First Known Use of court of common pleas

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Legal Definition of court of common pleas 

often capitalized C&C&P : an intermediate-level court in some states (as Arkansas, Connecticut, and Ohio) having limited jurisdiction over various civil and criminal matters

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