up before

up before (someone or something)

Standing, appearing, or presented in front of someone or something, especially a person or body of authority. He was brought up before the judge for yet another misdemeanor. I have to go up before a panel of professors to defend my thesis.
See also: before, up

*up before someone

Fig. standing in front of someone to receive something. (Especially in front of a judge. *Typically: be ~; come ~; stand ~.) Have you been up before me before? I have never been up before any judge.
See also: before, up

up before somebody/something

appearing in front of somebody in authority for a judgement to be made about something that you have done: He came up before the local magistrate for speeding.