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v. the bench area is the sacred territory of the judge, located between the counsel table and the front of the bench, the bench here refering to large desk or dias on which the judge sits. Approaching the bench is the action of a counsel reaching that space, commonly for the purpose of speaking to the judge or passing physical evidences for judge's reference. Usually such action is preceded by a request, "may I approach the bench", put forth by the counsel; its more of a respect towards the bench than a request to actualy approach.

 
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