hot bench

Definition of "hot bench"
  1. A situation in which the judge or group of judges intensely interrogate attorneys who make appellate arguments
How to use "hot bench" in a sentence
  1. The lawyer was prepared to face a hot bench during the appellate argument.
  2. The judges created a hot bench, probing the attorney with sharp inquiries.
  3. In the appellate court, the attorney knew that a hot bench was likely and adjusted his argument accordingly.

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