High crimes and misdemeanors Law and Legal Definition

High crimes and misdemeanors are such immoral and unlawful acts as are nearly allied and equal in guilt to felony, yet owing to some technical circumstance, do not fall within the definition of felony. The courts have jurisdiction of high crimes and misdemeanors at common law. [State v. Kanpp, 6 Conn. 415 (Conn. 1827)].