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:

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 ... 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 "c ... the majority of the Court of Appeal set aside the conviction ordering a new trial, and that the trial judge erred by not putting the mistaken-belief ...
Guus Kouwenhoven - Trial
... 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. ...
Tariq Aziz - Detention - Trial
... 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 manipulating ... year, he was acquitted in a separate trial which concerned the suppression of an uprising in Baghdad during the 1990s ... Iraqi officials the statement also expressed concern regarding the manner in which trials may have been conducted by the Iraqi High Tribunal ...
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 ...
The Man In The Glass Booth - Plot Summary
... secret agents 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 ...

More definitions of "trial":

  • (noun): The act of undergoing testing.
    Example: "Candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
    Synonyms: test
  • (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
  • (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): (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): The act of testing something.
    Example: "He called each flip of the coin a new trial"
    Synonyms: test, run

Famous quotes containing the word trial:

    For he is not a mortal, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand on us both.
    Bible: Hebrew, Job 9:32-33.

    Job, about God.

    In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents.
    Walter Lippmann (1889–1974)

    You don’t want a general houseworker, do you? Or a traveling companion, quiet, refined, speaks fluent French entirely in the present tense? Or an assistant billiard-maker? Or a private librarian? Or a lady car-washer? Because if you do, I should appreciate your giving me a trial at the job. Any minute now, I am going to become one of the Great Unemployed. I am about to leave literature flat on its face. I don’t want to review books any more. It cuts in too much on my reading.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)