Bench Trial

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Definition: Bench Trial



Full Definition of Bench Trial


A trial presented before a judge is a bench trial. Civil trials are generally held before a judge unless the defendant or plaintiff requests a jury. In a bench trial, the judge will hear the evidence presented by each party and make a ruling for the case.

In a criminal case, defendants may have the right to request a bench trial, but lawyers generally do not believe this is a good idea for a felony trial unless they have a case which can anger the jury. If a defendant chooses a bench trial and they are found guilty the judge will schedule a sentencing date and the defendant will be immediately taken into custody. Prior to a civil or criminal trial, it is important to discuss your case with a lawyer to determine what type of trial is best for your case.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Bench Trial are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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