- approach the bench
v.an attorney's movement from the counsel table to the front of the bench (the large desk at which the judge sits) in order to speak to the judge off the record and/or out of earshot of the jury. Since the bench area is the sacred territory of the judge the attorney must ask permission as "may I approach the bench," or simply, "may I approach." If the judge consents, then opposing counsel must be allowed to come forward and participate in the conversation. The purpose can range from explaining the order of witnesses, a technical problem or the need to take a recess to go to the restroom.
Law dictionary. EdwART. 2013.
Look at other dictionaries:
Approach the bench — is a term used by attorneys to request that the judge in a case, allow them to approach the bench for a private conversation with the judge … Wikipedia
bench — n 1: the place where a judge sits in court asked counsel to approach the bench compare bar 1a, dock, jury box, sidebar … Law dictionary
approach — I verb accedere, accost, advance, adventare, appropinquare, be in proximity, be in sight of, be in the neighborhood of, be in the vicinity of, be near, come forward, come near, confront, converge upon, draw near, edge close to, get near, go near … Law dictionary
bench — bench1 W3S2 [bentʃ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(outdoor seat)¦ 2¦(in a law court)¦ 3¦(sports)¦ 4¦(parliament)¦ 5¦(table)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: benc] 1.) ¦(OUTDOOR SEAT)¦ a long seat for two or more people, especially o … Dictionary of contemporary English
bench — I UK [bentʃ] / US noun Word forms bench : singular bench plural benches ** 1) [countable] a hard seat for two or more people, usually outside in a public place a park bench 2) [countable] a long table used by someone working with tools 3)… … English dictionary
bench — bench1 [ bentʃ ] noun ** ▸ 1 long seat ▸ 2 job of being judge ▸ 3 table for working on ▸ 4 in sports ▸ 5 in parliament 1. ) count a hard seat for two or more people, usually outside in a public place: a park bench 2. ) the bench the position of… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
bench — 1 /bentS/ noun 1 SEAT (C) a long seat for two or more people, used especially outdoors: a park bench 2 COURT the bench a) the seat where a judge or magistrate sits in a court of law: Would the prisoner please approach the bench? b) the position… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
The Audition (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = The Audition Img capt = Live in Chicago (2008) Provided By De Sha Metschke Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Chicago, Illinois, USA Genre = Pop punk, alternative rock Years active =… … Wikipedia
The People's Court — This article is about a US television program. For other similarly named entities, see People s Court (disambiguation). The People s Court Format Judicial Created by John Masterson Presented by … Wikipedia
The Face of the Enemy — Infobox Television episode Title = The Face of the Enemy Series = Babylon 5 Caption = Season = 4 Episode = 17 Airdate = 9 June 1997 Production = 417 Writer = J. Michael Straczynski Director = Mike Vejar Guests = Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (William… … Wikipedia