King's Bench


: a division in the English superior courts system that hears civil and criminal cases

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of King's Bench was in the 14th century

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“King's Bench.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

King's Bench

: a division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales that hears civil cases (as commercial cases) and appeals of criminal cases
used during the reign of a king
compare queen's bench
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