What's the best location to stand if you need to tell a narrative and bond with "judges"? Is it from behind a desk/table, i.e. a physical barrier between the speaker and the judge or is it while standing in front of the same desk/table, that is the actual center of the courtroom without a physical barrier between the speaker and the judges.
Background: as a lawyer (continental europe; Belgium) I have to present my case from behind a desk, that is an actual real physical barrier creating a distance of around 4 meters between myself and the judges. On the other hand the client himself sits in front of the same desk and should stand up when he speaks. There is no barrier between him and the judges, the distance is more or less 3 meters (and can be further reduced to 2 meters without looking suspicious).
It's not uncommon for clients to say something.
In this particular situation, the client is a trained speaker himself (and very good at it) so he could tell the narrative himself (obviously in accordance with me). During the hearing we want to focus on the emotions and the narrative not on the very technical judicial argumentations which will be presented in writing. It's generally accepted that in this particular court emotions are crucial.