Question by  eamuscatuli (80)

What is a bench warrant?


Answer by  patti (29325)

The judge sits "on the bench." A bench warrant is a kind of arrest warrant issued on behalf of the state by a presiding judge or by a specific court. The warrant authorizes the immediate arrest of the individual who is guilty of contempt (for not appearing, etc.) or who is indicted for a crime.


Answer by  John (9008)

A bench warrant is a warrant issued by a judge, usually to arrest someone who has ignored a subpoena or did not appear for court. A bench warrant can be issued in either civil or criminal matters is a person does not appear when ordered.


Answer by  DouglasEarlClore (1236)

When someone who is legally required to be in court does not appear, the Judge in the case can issue a warrant (from the bench). If a Judege issues a bench warrant, police are allowed to arrest you upon sight.


Answer by  Wednesday (78)

A bench warrant is an order issued by a judge or magistrate for the on-sight arrest of a person usually involved in contempt of court or willful avoidance of court. Failure to appear will usually evoke such a charge.

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