a general term for all judges or for the judges of a particular court
Justice Keenan has been appointed to the Fourth Circuit bench.
by a judge rather than by a jury
The district court, following a 10-day bench trial, ruled that Isco had not violated the Lanham Act.
the raised large table in a courtroom where the judges sit
Judge Mrs Justice Rafferty asked the youth to approach the bench and told him: "It was a perfectly dreadful thing that you did."