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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Who Sits Where

When you enter the courtroom, the judge’s seat, called the bench, is usually at the opposite end of the room from the public entry door. There are entrances near the bench for the judge and her staff to use; those typically lead to the judge’s office, or chambers. There’s a public door to the judge’s chambers, too, but that’s usually outside the courtroom. To one side of the judge’s bench is a place for a witness to sit while testifying. Some courtrooms have a spot on the other side for the judge’s clerk, while others have the judge’s clerk sit in front of the bench. The court reporter may be seated in front of the bench or may have a special spot next to the judge or next to the jury.
There is no rule about which side of the ...

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