Friday, June 18, 2010

Stages to Trial

Stages leading to trial or main hearing
Anglo-American procedure traditionally divides lawsuits into two stages: the pretrial stage and the trial stage. At the pretrial stage, the parties notify each other of their claims and defenses and probe their factual foundations; at the trial stage, they or their counsel attempt to prove their factual contentions before a judge or jury, primarily through the oral examination of witnesses. The verdict and the judgment based on it follow immediately thereafter. In practice, the pretrial phase usually ends the lawsuit, either

in reference to: preliminary hearing (law) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia (view on Google Sidewiki)

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