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

    In the lap of the law.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the bosom of the law; in the protection of the law; in abeyance. 1 Coke, 131a; T. Raym. 319.