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  • proper n. The superior court in a number of jurisdictions in some parts of the Commonwealth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.


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  • On the 7th of June, 1883, Sir George Bowyer was found dead in bed at his London chambers, No. 13, King's Bench Walk, in the Temple.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • On the execution being granted in the King's Bench Court, on the afternoon of the 28th of October 1618, he asked for a little time for pre - paration, but his request was refused, Bacon having already in his pocket the death warrant duly signed by the King before the meeting of the Court!

    Thomas Hariot

  • It did not carry him into the King's Bench Court, like Lord Chandos 'duel, so history is silent about it.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • There the family were settling themselves, having given up the house in Bedford Square, since James Patteson had chambers in King's Bench Walk, where the ex-Judge could be with him when needed in London.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • If so It must have been written shortly before the speech, because the order for the execution was not given in the King's Bench Court till the afternoon of the 28th, and the execution was fixed for early the next morning.

    Thomas Hariot

  • Bagshawe in after life joined the King at Oxford, and suffered imprisonment at the hands of his former friends in the King's Bench Prison from 1644 to 1646.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • Here it raining hard he and I walked into the King's Bench Court, where I never was before, and there staid an hour almost, till it had done raining, which is a sad season, that it is said there hath not been one fair day these three months, and I think it is true, and then by water to Westminster, and at the Parliament House I spoke with Roger Pepys.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May/Jun 1663


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