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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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This glossary post was last updated: 30th March, 2020 | 7 Views.