bench
bench n
1: the place where a judge sits in court
asked counsel to approach the bench compare bar 1a, dock, jury box, sidebar, stand
2: the court or system of courts serving an area
the state bench
the federal bench
3 a: the office of a judge
appointed to the bench
b: the body of persons who hold positions as judges
members of the bench and bar compare bar 2a
c: a judge or panel of judges hearing a case
unless the lawyer is responding to a question from the bench — R. H. Bork

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

bench
I noun bar, bar of justice, board, cabinet, chamber, circuit, council, court, court of justice, court of law, forum, forum of justice, judge, judgment seat, judicatory, judicature, judicial assembly, judicial forum, judicial tribunal, judiciary, judicium, justice, justice seat, law court, legal administration, magistracy, magistrate, magistrature, open court, panel of judges, privy council, seat of judgment, seat of justice, tribunal associated concepts: at the bench, bench docket, bench notes, bench warrant II index bar (court), chamber (body), court, judicatory, judicature, judiciary, tribunal

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


bench
n.
(1) A court; the seat a judge occupies in a courtroom; the office of judge.
(2) The collective body of judges.
See also bar

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


bench
The desk and seat (usually a chair rather than an actual bench) where a judge sits in the courtroom. Sometimes the word "bench" is used in place of the word "judge" — for example, a party to a lawsuit might ask for a bench trial, meaning a trial by a judge without a jury. And lawyers in a trial sometimes "approach the bench," meaning they step up to speak to the judge.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


bench
n.
1 Judges collectively or of a particular court.
See also bar.
2 The area in the courtroom where the judge sits.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


bench
A forum of justice comprised of the judge or judges of a court. The seat of the court occupied by the judges.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


bench
I
A forum of justice comprised of the judge or judges of a court. The seat of the court occupied by the judges.
II The seat occupied by the judge. More broadly, the court itself.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

bench
n.
   1) general term for all judges, as in "the bench," or for the particular judge or panel of judges, as in an order coming from the "bench."
   2) the large, usually long and wide desk raised above the level of the rest of the courtroom, at which the judge or panel of judges sit.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Bench — Bench, n.; pl. {Benches}. [OE. bench, benk, AS. benc; akin to Sw. b[ a]nk, Dan b[ae]nk, Icel. bekkr, OS., D., & G. bank. Cf. {Bank}, {Beach}.] 1. A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length. [1913 Webster] Mossy benches supplied the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bench — oder (abwertend) Gimira bezeichnet Bench (Sprache), eine Sprache in Äthiopien Bench (Volk), eine Ethnie in Äthiopien Bench (Woreda), einen Verwaltungsbezirk in Äthiopien. Bench (Bekleidung), eine britische Bekleidungsfirma Bench ist außerdem der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bench — bench·er; bench; bench·man; bench·mark·ing; …   English syllables

  • bench — [bench] n. [ME < OE benc: see BANK2] 1. a long, hard seat for several persons, with or without a back 2. a seat between the two sides of a boat 3. the place where judges sit in a court 4. [sometimes B ] a) the status or of …   English World dictionary

  • Bench — Bench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Benched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Benching}.] 1. To furnish with benches. [1913 Webster] T was benched with turf. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Stately theaters benched crescentwise. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To place on a bench… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bench — (n.) O.E. benc long seat, from P.Gmc. *bankiz bank of earth, perhaps here man made earthwork, later bench, table (Cf. O.Fris. bank bench, O.N. bekkr, Dan. bænk, M.Du. banc, O.H.G. banch), from PIE root *bheg to break. Used for …   Etymology dictionary

  • bench — [n1] furniture for sitting bank, chair, form, lawn seat, pew, seat, settee, settle, stall; concept 443 bench [n2] large table board, counter, desk, easel, ledge, shelf, trestle, workbench, work table; concept 443 bench [n3] group of judges co …   New thesaurus

  • bench — ► NOUN 1) a long seat for more than one person. 2) a long, sturdy work table in a workshop or laboratory. 3) (the bench) the office of judge or magistrate. 4) (the bench) a seat at the side of a sports field for coaches and players not taking… …   English terms dictionary

  • Bench — Bench, v. i. To sit on a seat of justice. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bench — (engl., spr. bensch), Bank, s. King s Bench …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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