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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.

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Forgive me, if I am wrong, but I was told you were niece to the Commissioners of Paving, and daughter-in-law to the Lord Mayor and Court of Common Council, which would account for your relationship to all three.'
'Thomas Burton is purveyor of cat's meat to the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, and several members of the Common Council (the announcement of this gentleman's name was received with breathless interest).
The Wisconsin DNR and all 7 other Great Lakes states will have to approve the diversion of Lake Michigan water to Waukesha, however the Common Councils in both Waukesha and Oak Creek approved a 40-year deal with four possible extensions of 10 years each.