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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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