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court of common pleas

n. pl. courts of common pleas
1. A court in some states of the United States having general jurisdiction.
2. A court in Great Britain that formerly heard commoners' civil cases.
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Court of Common Pleas

1. (Law) English law (formerly) a superior court exercising jurisdiction in civil actions between private citizens
2. (Law) law US (in some states) a court exercising original and general jurisdiction
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court′ of com′mon pleas′

1. (formerly in England) a court to hear civil cases between common citizens.
2. (in some U.S. states) a court with general civil jurisdiction.
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The Department of Public Welfare's Bureau of Child Support Enforcement oversees the delivery of federal and state child support services locally through the domestic relations sections of the county courts of common pleas.
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