The location in the courtroom where a witness sits or stands while giving testimony, this is usually a platform to the left and slightly below the judge's seat. A witness called to testify is said to "take the stand".
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A chair at the end of the judge's bench, on the jury box side, where a witness sits and gives testimony after being sworn to tell the truth. When called to testify, the witness "takes the stand." Most witness stands are equipped with a microphone so that everyone can hear the testimony.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:26 pm