en banc

adverb or adjective

: in full court : with full judiciary authority

Examples of en banc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The en banc panel in November 2023 denied Idaho’s motion to get rid of the injunction. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 24 Apr. 2024 His lawyers have now asked an 11-judge en banc appellate panel to consider the case. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2024 Musk asked the appeals court for an en banc rehearing in front of all the court's judges, but that request was denied in July, leaving the Supreme Court as his only remaining option. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 But the 5th Circuit took the case en banc, which is where all the judges on the court hear a case. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 15 Dec. 2023 Abbott said Friday that he and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton would seek an immediate en banc hearing, which would convene all the court's judges to rehear the case if granted. Asher Notheis, Washington Examiner, 3 Dec. 2023 That would then tee up Trump’s appeal for an en banc review by the full appeals court, or if denied that request, an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 9 Jan. 2024 Getty Images | Alex Wong In 2017, the DC Circuit appeals court denied the telecom industry's petition for an en banc rehearing of USTelecom v. FCC. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 9 Oct. 2023 Her petition to have the case reheard by an en banc panel was denied, leaving the Supreme Court as her final option. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History


French, on the bench

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of en banc was in 1854

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“En banc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20banc. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

en banc

adverb or adjective
variants also in banc also in bank
in-ˈbaŋk, äⁿ-ˈbäⁿk
: with all judges or a quorum of judges present : in full court
an en banc rehearing
heard very few matters en bancH. B. Zobel

Anglo-French en banke, literally, on the bench

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