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To move towards the bench in order to have a conversation with the judge and opposing counsel off the record and/or out of the jury's earshot. An attorney or juror (during voir dire) must request to approach the bench, i.e. "Your honor, may I approach the bench?" 

Illustrative case law

See, e.g. People v. Maher, 675 N.E.2d 833 (N.Y. 1996).

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