court of common pleas

noun phrase

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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“Court of common pleas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/court%20of%20common%20pleas. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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