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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.

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An apex court bench comprising Justices B S Chauhan and A K Sikri said it is unable to modify the order of another bench and has instead asked Srinivasan to approach the bench that delivered the May 16 order.
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