Bench Warrant

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Definition: Bench Warrant

Bench Warrant

What is the dictionary definition of Bench Warrant?

Dictionary Definition

n. a warrant issued by a judge, often to command someone to appear before the judge, with a setting of an amount of bail to be posted. Often a bench warrant is used in lesser matters to encourage the party to appear in court.

Full Definition of Bench Warrant

A bench warrant is an arrest warrant issued by a judge or court. Bench warrants allow the police to bring a person to court to appear before the judge. Bench warrants are generally used when a person does not comply with a court order.

A bench warrant is generally filed if the judge demonstrates a personal knowledge of the contempt which instigated the warrant. If this is not the case, the judge generally will wait for an affidavit requesting a bench warrant. A bench warrant is different than a general arrest warrant, which is issued by the police when they have information that someone may be involved in a crime. In some cases, it may also be more difficult to get bail after a bench warrant if the court determines the defendant is a flight risk.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Bench Warrant are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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