bench warrant


: a warrant issued by a presiding judge or by a court against a person guilty of contempt or indicted for a crime

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Then in summer 2021, he was issued another bench warrant. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 10 Nov. 2022 McKay was granted another continuance for sentencing in July and ultimately failed to appear for his sentencing in October, at which point a bench warrant was issued, prosecutors said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 30 Dec. 2022 Police received a bench warrant Aug. 11 from Bedford Municipal Court. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 17 Aug. 2022 Conen then issued a bench warrant for the defendant's arrest and ordered any bail forfeited. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2022 No one checked to see if his fingerprints matched those of the man in the bench warrant. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Bianca Austin was taken into custody in Akron on Wednesday night, and a bench warrant was issued for Jacob Blake Sr., a Blake family member said. Deon J. Hampton, NBC News, 7 July 2022 Nicholson had been threatened on social media, Jansen said, while the prosecution had to seek a bench warrant when another Rollin 60s member who was at the scene of the shooting did not appear to testify. James Queallystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2022 Barreto then failed to attend a hearing on Jan. 31 and a bench warrant was issued. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bench warrant was in 1680

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Cite this Entry

“Bench warrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Legal Definition

bench warrant

see warrant

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