What is BENCH WARRANT? Definition of BENCH WARRANT in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.
Process issued by the court itself, or "from the bench," for the attach- ment or arrest of a person; either in case of con- tempt, or where an indictment has been found, or to bring in a witness who does not obey the sub- pcena. So called to distinguish it from a warrant, issued by a justice of the peace, alderman, or com- missioner. Oxford v. Berry, 204 Mich. 197, 170 N.W. 83, 87,
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