common pleas

common pleas
noun plural Date: 15th century 1. singular in construction court of common pleas 2. a. actions over which the English crown did not exercise exclusive jurisdiction b. civil actions between English subjects

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  • Common pleas — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • common pleas — n: court of common pleas Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. common pleas …   Law dictionary

  • common pleas — n. Law ☆ 1. in some States, a court having general and original jurisdiction over civil and criminal trials 2. in England, a former superior court with jurisdiction over civil suits …   English World dictionary

  • common pleas — noun plural Etymology: Middle English common place, from Anglo French communs pletz, translation of Medieval Latin communia placita 1. a. in English law : those pleas or actions over which the crown did not claim exclusive jurisdiction b. : civil …   Useful english dictionary

  • common pleas — Law. 1. civil actions or proceedings between private citizens. 2. Also, Common Pleas. See court of common pleas. [1175 1225; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • common pleas — com′mon pleas′ n. 1) lawg (used with a pl. v.) civil actions or proceedings between private citizens 2) law (often caps.) court of common pleas • Etymology: 1175–1225 …   From formal English to slang

  • Common Pleas — Cour des plaids communs La Cour des plaids communs, en anglais Court of Common Pleas, était une cour de justice anglaise. Elle fut créée par Henri II pour soulager le Banc du roi. Elle demeura la troisième plus haute cour de justice anglaise… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • common pleas — A term for civil actions as distinguished from criminal prosecutions. See Court of Common Pleas …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Common Pleas — ♦ Legal cases concerning private rights, as distinct from criminal pleas. (Frame, Robin. Colonial Ireland, 1169 1369, 144) …   Medieval glossary

  • common pleas — /kɒmən ˈpliz/ (say komuhn pleez) noun British the chief common law court of civil jurisdiction …   Australian English dictionary

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