E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The seat of a judge in the law courts; the office of judge.
To be raised to the bench. To be made a judge.
The Kings [queens] bench. The Supreme Court of Common Law; so called because at one time the sovereign presided in this court, and the court followed the sovereign when he moved from one place to another. Now a division of the High Court of Judicature.