I am not sure what it is, but I vaguely remember that judges tend to do something before issuing a final verdict. They do it to maybe buy some time or something, I don't really know, but I feel like I've heard the word before, but can't remember it at all. It might be a phrasal verb.
The judge ___ before issuing the final verdict upon the criminal.
The judge was ___ to issue the final verdict upon the criminal.