lit de justice

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From French lit de justice, referring to the throne occupied by the king when sitting in one of his judicial courts. Compare earlier bed of justice.


lit de justice (plural lits de justice)

  1. (French historical) A special parliamentary session headed by the king in pre-Revolutionary France, where royal edicts could be forcibly registered.
    • 2001, Antonia Fraser, Marie Antoinette:
      They would then be officially registered by edicts of the King in that special process, the lit de justice (which could also be used to enforce edicts that the Parlement resisted).
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 300:
      The Parlement's remonstrances were not effective, and the Six Acts were enforced by a lit de justice in March 1776.



From the fact that the king originally sat on an impromptu bed of cushions.



lit de justice m (plural lits de justice)

  1. lit de justice, bed of justice