- The examination of facts by a trier of fact and presided over by a judge or other judicial officer with authority to hear the matter. A trial begins with the selection of a jury if one has been requested, followed by opening statements, limited to an outline of what each side intends to prove, followed by the presentation of evidence first by the plaintiff and then by the defendant and then rebuttal evidence by the plaintiff, and then followed by final or closing arguments. If the trial is to a jury, the judge will instruct the jury as to the law of the case. These are called jury instructions. Then the jury retires to the jury room, chooses a foreperson and decides the factual questions. The jury will judge the factual issues and decide the verdict based upon the law as given in the instructions by the judge. The final verdict or judgment usually concludes the trial. If there is no jury, the judge will determine legal issues and decide factual questions and render a judgment. The judgment is entered in the court, subject to appeal by any party.
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