23/09/16 The Use of the Term ‘Approach’
The term lawyers use when they would like to have a conversation with opposing counsel and the judge, out of the earshot of the jury, as in, “Your honor, may I approach the bench?” Judges who initiate the conversation will ask, “Will counsel approach?”
Approach The Witness
A request by an attorney to the judge for permission to go up to a witness on the witness stand to show the witness a document or exhibit. “May I approach the witness?” is the typical request, and it is almost always granted.