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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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It is pertinent to mention here that LHC Chief Justice Sardar Mohammad Shamim Khan granted a two-day protective bail to Hamza Shahbaz on Saturday to enable him to approach the bench concerned for hearing of his bail petition.
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After listening to Stoever's impassioned closing argument, Bland invited the eight defendants to approach the bench. Offhandedly, he pronounced them guilty of trespassing.
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If my brothers and I all faced our share of defeats at that shaking head and that denial, we each also experienced moments of anticipation and even relief at hearing our father utter, in hushed tones, the phrase: "Approach the bench."