Legal Definition and Related Resources of Bench Warrant
Meaning of Bench Warrant
A warrant issued by the judge presiding at a session , directing that an offender be brought before the court . Most commonly used to compel one”s attendance before the court to answer to charge or to compel the appearance of a witness who has failed to appear in response to a duly served subpoena . See Silvagni v superior court in andfor Los Angeles county , 321 P.2d 15, 157 C. A.2d287.
Bench Warrant Alternative Definition
An order issued by or from a bench, for the attachment or arrest of a person. It may issue either in case of a contempt, or where an indictment has been found. It is so called because Issued by order of, a court or bench, as distinguished from warrant issued by a magistrate.
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What does Bench Warrant mean in American Law?
In the U.S. all warrants of arrest must be issued by judicial officers, but most of them are issued more or less automatically by low level judges, on the basis of police affidavits. When, however, a person is in contempt of court in a particular proceeding, or has ignored a subpoena, or has been indicted but has not appeared, or has jumped bail, a judge of a court of general jurisdiction may issue a “bench warrant” for his arrest.
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Bench warrant in Law Enforcement
Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of bench warrant.
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English Legal System: Bench Warrant
In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Bench Warrant : A warrant for the arrest of a person who has failed to attend court when summoned or subpoenaed to do so or against whom an order of committal for contempt of court has been made and who cannot be found. The warrant is issued during a sitting of the court.
Meaning of Bench Warrant in the U.S. Legal System
Definition of Bench Warrant published by the National Association for Court Management: An order issued by a judge for the arrest of a person.