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  • BAN
    1. In old English and civil law. A proclamation; a public notice; the announcement of an intended marriage. Cowell. An excommunication; a curse, publicly pronounced. A proclamation of silence made by a crier in court before the meeting or champions in combat. Id. A statute, edict, or command; a fine, More...
    In Canadian and old French law. Pertaining to a ban or privileged place; having qualities or privileges derived from a ban. Thus, a banal mill is one to which the lord may require his tenant to carry his grain to be ground.
    In Canadian law. The right by virtue of which a lord subjects his vassals to grind at his mill, bake at his oven, etc. Used also of the region within which this right applied. Guyot, Repert. Univ.
  • BANC
    Bench; the seat of judgment; the place where a court permanently or regularly sits. The full bench, full court. A "sitting in banc" is a meeting of all the judges of a court, usually for the purpose of hearing arguments on demurrers, points reserved, motions for new trial, etc., as More...
    In old English law. Advocates; countors; Serjeants. Applied to advocates in the common pleas courts. 1 Bl. Comm. 24; Cowell.
    Ital. See BANC. A seat or bench of justice; also. In commerce, a word of Italian origin signifying a bank.
    L. Lat In old English law and practice. A bench or seat in the king's hall or palace. Fleta, lib. 2, c. 16, § 1. A high seat, or seat of distinction; a seat of judgment, or tribunal for the administration of justice. The English court of common pleas was More...
  • BAND
    In old Scotch law. A proclamation calling out a military force.
    An outlaw; a man banned, or put under a ban; a brigand or robber. Banditti, a band of robbers.
  • BANE
    A malefactor. Bract. 1. 1, t 8, c. 1. Also a public denunciation of a malefactor; the same with what was called "hutesium," hue and cry. Spelman.
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