Common Council


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Common Council

In English Legal History, the name given to Parliament. In the U.S. legal system, the legislative body of a city or of a Municipal Corporation.

COMMON COUNCIL. In many cities the charter provides for their government, in imitation of the national and state governments. There are two branches of the legislative assembly; the less numerous, called the select, the other, the common council.
     2. In English law, the common council of the whole realm means the parliament. Fleta, lib. 2, cap. 13.

References in periodicals archive ?
Even though major scope expansion decisions were made throughout the course of the project, the budgeting process provided little if any opportunity for the Common Council to make meaningful "go-no go" decisions.
Journal of the common council of the City of Toronto," City Council Minutes 1834, City of Toronto Archives (hereafter "CTA"), city Hall, Toronto.
People have to be invited by the Court of Common Council to take the Freedom.
See Detroit Police Department, Twenty-Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police to the Common Council of the City of Detroit, 1890 (Detroit, 1891), 69-72; Detroit Police Department, Twenty-Ninth Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police to the Common Council of the City of Detroit, 1893 (Detroit, 1894), 57-59; Detroit Police Department, Thirty-First Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police to the Common Council of the City of Detroit, 1895 (Detroit, 1896), 54.
As attorneys defending the proposal droned on into the night, neighborhood kids, proud of their sudden celebrity, marched through the Common Council chambers carrying signs with messages like "I Don't Smoke, Drink or Breathe in Asphalt Fumes.
The demolition was approved after the Common Council denied a request for landmark designation.
The prime minister's wife, brought up in Waterloo, was declared eligible by the Court of the Common Council.
The Professional and Support Staff Assembly has been nicknamed the PaSS Assembly, and the Administrators-Staff Council has been dubbed the Common Council.
The Milwaukee Common Council has rejected a proposal for $41 million in funding for the Pabst City commercial/residential redevelopment project.
The most convincing chapter is Eifler's stirring account of the revolt of the Settlers' Association against the Common Council, a defining event in Sacramento history that "took on the aspect of a moral and cultural showdown" and appeared to be a clash between order and anarchy, but was infinitely more complex.
In an analysis of common council election returns from the early 1680s, he classifies each of the city's twenty-eight wards as either "Whig space," "Tory space," or "contested space," and produces a map that shows, and allows discussion of, identifiable clusters of wards in which opposing views on political and religious issues prevailed.
The Prime Minister's wife was declared eligible by the Court of the Common Council on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the City of London confirmed.