approach the bench

Definition of "approach the bench"
  1. An attorney's request to move from the counsel table to the judge's desk to have a private conversation, typically off the record and away from the jury's hearing. It requires the judge's consent and involves participation of the opposing counsel
How to use "approach the bench" in a sentence
  1. In the midst of the trial, the lawyer needed to present new evidence, so he asked to approach the bench.
  2. Seeing his client’s increasing discomfort, the defense attorney requested to approach the bench to discuss a brief recess.
  3. The prosecutor asked to approach the bench to clarify the sequence of her witnesses.

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