approach the bench
- 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
- In the midst of the trial, the lawyer needed to present new evidence, so he asked to approach the bench.
- Seeing his client’s increasing discomfort, the defense attorney requested to approach the bench to discuss a brief recess.
- The prosecutor asked to approach the bench to clarify the sequence of her witnesses.