Bench Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Bench.

Bench (noun)

  1. The 'Bench' refers to the seat where a judge or judges sit in a courtroom.

  2. It can also represent a group of judges collectively who preside over a particular case. This occurs when a case is deemed to be of great importance or when laws require that it should be decided by more than one judge. This ensures that the verdict is the result of joint deliberation and a majority verdict.