Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A court; the judges of a court.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A seat of judgment or tribunal for the administration of justice; the scat occupied by judges in courts; also the court itself, as the "King's Bench," or the aggregate of the judges composing a court, as in the phrase "before the fnil bench." The collective body of the judges in a state or nation, as distinguished from the body of attorneys and advocates, who are called the "bar." In English ecclesiastical law. The aggregate body of bishops.
    —Bench warrant. Process issued by the court itself, or "from the bench," for the attachment or arrest of a person; either in case of contempt, or where an indictment has been found, or to bring in a witness who does not obey the subpoena. So called to distinguish it from a warrant, issued by a justice of the peace, alderman, or commissioner.
    —Benchers. In English law. Seniors in the inns of court, usually, but not necessarily, queen's counsel, elected by co-optation, and having the entire management of the property of their respective intis.