Bed of justice

Related to Bed of justice: lettre de cachet
(French Hist.) the throne (F. lit bed) occupied by the king when sitting in one of his parliaments (judicial courts); hence, a session of a refractory parliament, at which the king was present for the purpose of causing his decrees to be registered.
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References in classic literature ?
In fact, the evening before, a fever had seized him in the midst of the Parliament, while he was holding his Bed of Justice. He had, not the less, decided upon setting out that same evening; and in spite of the remonstrances that had been offered to him, he persisted in having the review, hoping by setting it at defiance to conquer the disease which began to lay hold upon him.
Like the wappen-schaw, Lady Margaret's comically inflated "solemn bed of justice" (51), which banishes Mause Headrigg and her son Cuddie from Tillietudlum, appropriates an outmoded institution.
Before the "bed of justice," Mause had accepted domestic hierarchies, though she apparently never wholly accepted gender boundaries.
Lady Margaret's "bed of justice" is only one of many trials and tests that punctuate the narrative.
No civilization ever has attempted to maintain the bed of justice by direct application of natural-law doctrines by magistrates; necessarily, it is by edict, rescript, and statute that any state keeps the peace through a system of courts.