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In the practice of courts, a brief interval during which all business is suspended without an adjournment.

A recess in legislative practice is an interval of time between sessions of the same continuous body, as opposed to the period between the final adjournment of one legislative body and the convening of another at the next regular session.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. a break in a trial or other court proceedings or a legislative session until a date and time certain. Recess is not to be confused with "adjournment" which winds up the proceedings.

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Before Anna became self-employed, she worked in an office where there was a culture of staying late and working through lunch breaks.
Only 29% of respondents said they always leave the office for their lunch breaks.
If the trend continues at the same rate lunch breaks could be reduced to less than five minutes by 2007.
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We know taking a lunch break is good for us and yet we don't do it.
"The boy was on his lunch break. He was approached by an unknown male from behind who put something similar to a cigarette lighter against his face and burnt it."
BRITAIN'S long-hours culture has killed lunch breaks, with almost nine out of 10 workers never having a full hour away from their desk, according to new research.
Company bosses are being encouraged to let their staff have a nap in their lunch break as part of National Siesta Day.
Russell Lawson, of the Federation of Small Businesses Wales, counts himself among those who don't take enough of a lunch break.
But rain arrived during the lunch break and continued unabated through to 4.45pm when match umpires Vanburn Holder and George Sharp had little option but to abandon the game as a draw with Warwickshire still 175 in arrears.
People will be urged to work their set hours, take a lunch break and go home on time.