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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.
take the benchLaw
1. To become a judge.
2. To preside in court: The judge took the bench to hear the plaintiff's motion.