en banc

adverb or adjective
\ äⁿ-ˈbäⁿk How to pronounce en banc (audio) \

Definition of en banc

: in full court : with full judiciary authority

Examples of en banc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawyers for both men also filed further petitions on Thursday asking for a rehearing en banc. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "What To Know About Dustin Higgs, Who Is Scheduled To Be Killed By The US State Today," 14 Jan. 2021 With an en banc review, a larger group of 9th Circuit judges rehears the case. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Qualcomm gets another victory in antitrust battle with Federal Trade Commission," 28 Oct. 2020 The circuit did not release a vote but said a majority of nine eligible judges agreed with a House petition for the rehearing en banc. Washington Post, "Full federal appeals court in D.C. to weigh House subpoena to ex-White House counsel Donald McGahn," 15 Oct. 2020 The ruling by the en banc court (i.e., consideration by all ten active Circuit judges who were not recused from the case) was 8–2. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "D.C. Circuit Rules against Michael Flynn, Sending Case Back to Judge Sullivan," 1 Sep. 2020 But a request for an en banc rehearing has been filed. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "What’s the Ballot Deadline? Who Knows," 1 Oct. 2020 Instead of granting a permanent injunction, as Judge Hinkle had at trial, the majority of the en banc appeals judges — including all five Trump nominees — ruled 6 to 4 that the lower court judge had misapplied the law. Michael Wines, New York Times, "How Republicans Undermined Ex-Felon Voting Rights in Florida," 17 Sep. 2020 But two of those judges have senior status, which excluded them from the en banc hearing. Michael Wines, New York Times, "How Republicans Undermined Ex-Felon Voting Rights in Florida," 17 Sep. 2020 The Justice Department and Flynn's team argued the en banc appeals court should have agreed with the three-judge appeals panel ruling from June that ordered the President Bill Clinton appointee to drop the case. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "High-profile clash over Flynn case dismissal set for end of September," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of en banc

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for en banc

French, on the bench

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“En banc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20banc. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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en banc

adverb or adjective
variants: also in banc also in bank \ in-​ˈbaŋk, äⁿ-​ˈbäⁿk \

Legal Definition of en banc

: with all judges or a quorum of judges present : in full court an en banc rehearing heard very few matters en banc— H. B. Zobel

History and Etymology for en banc

Anglo-French en banke, literally, on the bench

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