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The sitting of a court, legislature, council, or commission for the transaction of its proper business.

A session can be the period of time within any one day during which the body is assembled and engaged in business. In a more extended sense, the session can be the whole space of time from the first assembling of the body to its adjournment.

A joint session is the convening of the two houses of a legislative body to sit and act together as one body, instead of separately in their respective houses.

As applied to a court, the word session is not strictly synonymous with the word term. The session of a court is the time during which it actually sits each day for the transaction of judicial business. A term of a court is the period fixed by law—usually amounting to many days or weeks—during which it is open for judicial business and during which it can hold sessions from day to day. The two words are, however, frequently used interchangeably.


n. 1) a meeting (or "sitting") of a court for a particular period of time. "Session" technically means one day's business (as in "today's session"). 2) the "term" of an appeals court covering several months (as in the "Spring Term" or the "October Term")


noun assembly, audience, caucus, conclave, conference, congregation, congress, consultation, conventus, convocation, council, diet, forgathering, forum, gathering, hearing, meeting, parley, plenum, round table, sitting, synod, term, union
Associated concepts: general sessions, joint session, regular session, session laws, special sessions
See also: body, caucus, chamber, conference, congregation, duration, meeting, period, phase, term


the meeting of a court, legislature or judicial body, for the execution of its function or the transaction of business.

SESSION. The time during which a legislative body, a court or other assembly sits for the transaction of business; as, a session of congress, which commences on the day appointed by the constitution, and ends when congress finally adjourns before the commencement of the next session; the session of a court, which commences at the day appointed by law, and ends when the court finally rises a term.

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Sessions: February-May 1955, December 1955-September 1957 [Dumont]; Session, 4 February 1957 [Anderson], FCF; Sessions: l4November, 14 December 1952 [Simmons], CTC; Session, 29 May 1948 [Reynolds], CTC; Sessions: 6 October 1950,4 January 1951 [Rye], CTC; Sessions to June 1954; Conference, 22 October 1954; TAT, 1955 [Fischer]; Session, 19 May 1955; Conference, 8 June 1960 [Stein]; Session, 2O June 1946 [Sullivan], CTC; Session, 28 February 1947 [Dimitriyevich]; Psychological and Interaction Test Reports, March 1967 [Beck], Family Therapy Center [FTC]; Summary, 18 July 1967 [Cernigliaro].
At Sunday evening's opening session, sponsored by Deloitte & Touche, outgoing IABC Chairman John Clemons, ABC, APR, bounced onstage to the tune of "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.