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witness stand

n. a chair at the end of the judge's bench on the jury box side, usually with a low "modesty screen," where a witness sits and gives testimony after he/she has sworn to tell the truth. When called to testify the witness "takes the stand." Most witness stands are equipped with a microphone linked to an amplifying system so that judge, attorneys and jury can hear the testimony clearly. (See: witness)

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Testimony, comments and other proceedings enter through the microphones at each station in the courtroom, including the judge's bench, witness stand, jury box, and other locations.