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take the bench

To be appointed as a judge in a court of law. The newest judge of the Supreme Court first took the bench in 1987. We are pleased to announce that Mr. Sherman Oaks will be taking the bench in our federal courthouse this February.
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take the bench

Law
1. To become a judge.
2. To preside in court: The judge took the bench to hear the plaintiff's motion.
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"They might have taken the bench but they can't take my memories," added Mrs Pearce.
(6) That was not to be, of course, and our law is the richer for Jackson's having taken the bench.
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