Bench warrant

Filed Under: Criminal Law

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


A warrant ordered by the court concerning the non-appearance of an accused person or witness in court, which authorizes the subject’s immediate arrest.


A court order empowering the police to arrest a person. These warrants are most often issued in cases of contempt of court, failure to appear, or where an indictment is being laid.

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