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Bench

Definition - What does Bench mean?

The bench is the term that is used to describe the area where the judge sits in a trial. So, when a judge says, "Counsel, please approach the bench," it is an instruction for a lawyer to approach the area where the judge is sitting.

Judges typically have a prime view of the court from the bench.

Justipedia explains Bench

The term "bench" is often used synonymously with the word "judge." For example, there is a type of trial called a "bench trial." A bench trial is a trial in which there is no jury, but only a judge, and the judge is the sole finder of fact. In such trials, verdicts are created from the bench (by the judge themselves). Bench trials are often used for less serious cases. Cases that are more serious typically require a jury.

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