king's bench

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

King's Bench \King's Bench\n. (Law)
   Formerly, the highest court of common law in England; -- so
   called because the king used to sit there in person. It
   consisted of a chief justice and four puisne, or junior,
   justices. During the reign of a queen it was called the
   Queen's Bench. Its jurisdiction was transferred by the
   judicature acts of 1873 and 1875 to the high court of justice
   created by that legislation.
   [1913 Webster]
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