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 judge’s private room apart from the courtroom.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. The private room or office of a judge; any place in which a judge hears motions, signs papers or does other business pertaining to his office, when he is not holding a session of court. Business so transacted is said to be done "in chambers." In re Neagle (C. Ct) 39 Fed. 855, 5 In R. A. 78; Von Schmidt v. Widber, 99 Cal. 511, 34 Pac. 109; Hoskins v. Baxter, 64 Minn. 226, 66 N. W. 969. The term is also applied, in England, to the private offico of a barrister. In international law. Portions of the sea cut off by lines drawn from one promontory to another, or included within lines extending from the point of one cape to the next, situate on the sea-coast of the same nation, and which are claimed by that nation as asylums for merchant vessels, and exempt from the operations of belligerents.