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FLOOR Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

A section of a building between horizontal planes. Lowell v. Strahan. 145Mass. 1. 12 X. E. 401. 1 Am. St. Rep. 422.A term used metaphorically, in parliamentary practice, to denote the exclusive rightto address the body In session. A member who has been recognized by the chairman,and who is in order, is said to “have the floor,” until his remarks are concluded. Similarly, the “floor of the house” means the main part of the hall where themembers sit, as distinguished from the galleries, or from the corridors or lobbies.In England, the floor of a court is that part between the judge’s bench and the frontrow of counsel. Litigants appearing in person, in the high court or court of appeal, arcsupposedto address the court from the floor.


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