What is trial?

  • (noun): (law) legal proceedings consisting of the judicial examination of issues by a competent tribunal.
    Example: "Most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Trial

In law, a trial is a coming together of parties to a dispute, to present information (in the form of evidence) in a tribunal, a formal setting with the authority to adjudicate claims or disputes. One form of tribunal is a court. The tribunal, which may occur before a judge, jury, or other designated trier of fact, aims to achieve a resolution to their dispute.

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Some articles on trial:

The Man In The Glass Booth - Plot Summary
... kidnap Goldman and take him to Israel for trial on charges of being a Nazi war criminal ... Goldman's trial forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt, but their own as well ... which the Israelis used to identify him in order to bring about the trial ...
R. V. Park - Facts
... At trial, the accused's defence was that either (1) that she consented to the sexual activity or, (2) alternatively, that he had an honest but mistaken belief that she was consenting ... The trial judge refused to put the mistaken belief defence to the jury, finding there was no "air of reality" to it, and concluding that the issue was simply one of ... set aside the conviction ordering a new trial, and that the trial judge erred by not putting the mistaken-belief defence to the jury ...
Guus Kouwenhoven - Trial
... Kouwenhoven was arrested in the Netherlands on March 18, 2005 and stood trial at the Court of First Instance in The Hague, starting April 24, 2006 ... was released in March 2007 in anticipation of his new trial. ...
Bob Crane - Murder - Murder Case Reopened
... He was arrested and held for trial after a preliminary hearing before a Superior Court Judge finding that evidence presented justified a trial by jury ... During Carpenter's 1994 trial, defense attorneys attacked the prosecution case as circumstantial and inconclusive ...
Tariq Aziz - Detention - Trial
... This changed when, on 29 April 2008, Aziz went on trial over the deaths of a group of 42 merchants who were executed by the Iraqi regime in 1992, after the merchants had been charged by the Iraqi regime with ... That same year, he was acquitted in a separate trial which concerned the suppression of an uprising in Baghdad during the 1990s ... statement also expressed concern regarding the manner in which trials may have been conducted by the Iraqi High Tribunal ...

More definitions of "trial":

  • (noun): The act of undergoing testing.
    Example: "Candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
    Synonyms: test
  • (noun): The act of testing something.
    Example: "He called each flip of the coin a new trial"
    Synonyms: test, run
  • (noun): (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law.
    Example: "He had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"
  • (noun): An annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event.
    Example: "His mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"
    Synonyms: tribulation, visitation
  • (noun): (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications.
    Example: "The trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
  • (noun): Trying something to find out about it.
    Example: "A sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
    Synonyms: trial run, test, tryout

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