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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.

For example:

The judge ___ before issuing the final verdict upon the criminal.

The judge was ___ to issue the final verdict upon the criminal.

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Well, they retire, meaning leaving the court to sit in chambers or a retiring room while they work things out.

If there's no jury, and possibly even if there is, they probably deliberate, which in general means carefully thinking about a matter, and in law means to consider the details of a case before coming to a decision.

However, neither of those works in your second example. I'm not sure what that's even getting at.

  • Yeah, deliberate seems to be the word. – frbsfok Apr 4 at 22:45

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