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Inferior Court of Common Pleas (Newport County) records (RLC.Ms.033)

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Historical note

The Inferior Court of Common Pleas in Newport County was established in 1729 and was largely based upon the English precedent. The Court of Common Please was a common law court that settled "common pleas" - civil disputes between individuals. This court was in existence until 1843, when the modern day judicial system in Rhode Island took shape.