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Trial Definition

A trial is a formal presentation of evidence and arguments before a judge or jury who determines if the prosecution has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In a trial, the judge or jury is called the “trier of fact.” The “trier of fact” must find the defendant not guilty if the evidence is insufficient. If any of the charges have lesser included offenses, the “trier of fact” can find them not guilty of the more severe offense and guilty of the lesser offense.

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