Then were gathered together the chief priests and elders of the people (Tote sunhcqhsan oi arcierei kai oi presbuteroi tou laou). A meeting of the Sanhedrin as these two groups indicate (cf. Psalms 21:23 ). Unto the court (ei thn aulhn). The atrium or court around which the palace buildings were built. Here in this open court this informal meeting was held. Caiaphas was high priest A.D. 18 to 36. His father-in-law Annas had been high priest A.D. 6 to 15 and was still called high priest by many.