\ 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 In the Ninth Circuit, district judges or three-judge appellate panels sometimes rule in favor of Second Amendment rights, but no rights-affirming decision has survived en banc review. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Heller’s Precarious Situation," 12 Sep. 2019 In the 9th Circuit, 11 of the 29 judges sit on en banc cases. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Facebook must face $35B facial-recognition lawsuit following court ruling," 22 Oct. 2019 The challengers asked a larger, en banc panel to overturn that decision. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "A divided 9th Circuit could uphold Trump’s new abortion referral rule," 23 Sep. 2019 But then the Ninth Circuit judges voted to hold a new appeal en banc. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Original or Copied? ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Is Back in Court," 22 Sep. 2019 The granting of an en banc review would add months, if not longer, to the litigation timeline. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "USWNT's Class Certification Filing and What it Means for Case vs. U.S. Soccer," 13 Sep. 2019 Cole’s case returned to the Fifth Circuit, where the judges heard it en banc—meaning with its entire membership instead of the usual three-judge panel. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Conservative Judges Are Brawling Over Originalism," 22 Aug. 2019 Mr Trump could take one of three tacks: ask the full Second Circuit for en banc review, appeal to the Supreme Court or relent. S.m. | San Diego, The Economist, "An appeals court says Donald Trump may not block critics on Twitter," 10 July 2019 Kavanaugh wrote an opinion for a three-judge panel striking down the CFPB's structure as unconstitutional in 2016, but was later reversed in part by a 7-3 vote in an unusual en banc review by other justices on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Second day of Kavanaugh hearings erupts into tense cross-examination on Mueller, racial profiling," 6 Sep. 2018

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20banc. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for en banc

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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