Bed Of Justice, a name originally given to the raised seat occupied by the earlier kings of France in their councils with the peers and barons for the decision of questions of import. As the parliaments gained increased power, the king appeared personally only in the gravest cases; and the name lit de justice was soon applied, not to the seat, but to an occasion when the king was thus present. Still later, a bed of justice was called by the king when the parliament refused to pass a measure of which he approved. He then appeared and solemnly commanded its passage; so that the title became only another name for an act of arbitrary power on the part of the sovereign. The last bed of justice was that held by Louis XVI. in 1787, at which time the whole parliament, refusing to register the royal edict for assembling the states general, were arrested and confined in prisons in different parts of France. This incident forms one of the most striking episodes in the early part of the French revolution.