Common bench

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COMMON BENCH, bancus communis. The court of common pleas was anciently called common bench, because the pleas and controversies there determined were between common persons. See Bench.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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All who attended the courts shared common benches except for officers of the court who used rough tables and basic equipment for writing and drinking--furnishings necessary to complete the justices' work but in no way stylish or distinctive in design.