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Pronunciation: TRY-uhl

The procedure in court to determine whether a defendant is guilty of a crime or whether a party is liable to another party.

A trial court is sometimes known as a court of first resort, where a case is initiated.

In the United States, the trial is a distinct stage of a civil or criminal case. Typically the trial begins when a jury is selected.

Sample Sentences

The defendant was put on trial for his crime.

At the end of the trial, the jury convicted the defendant.

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Note: Trial is frequently misspelled as “trail”. It’s a difficult error to catch!

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