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Bench and Bar

Judges and pleaders. The bench is the seat on which a judge sits. The bar of a court was formerly a wooden barrier, to separate the counsel from the audience. Now, silk gowns (q.v. ) sit nearer the judge, and their juniors behind them. (See Barristers. )

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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