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What’s the Difference Between a Hearing and a Trial?

A hearing is to a trial what a battle is to a war.  During the pendency of a case, the parties to a lawsuit may experience ongoing conflicts, ranging from minor disagreements to serious disputes.  When these pretrial conflicts arise, the judge will ordinarily conduct a hearing and … Continue reading

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What Is a Trial De Novo?

“Trial de novo” means “new trial,” a second bite at the apple, so to speak. While it is possible under certain circumstances to get a new trial in the same court as the first trial, the term “trial de novo” really … Continue reading

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Why are some cases decided by only 6 jurors instead of 12?

There’s nothing magical about the number 12, except that 12-person juries enjoy a long and rich history in the law.  Although informal use of juries pre-dates the 12th century, King Henry II (1154-1189) is credited with instituting the first official jury system, when … Continue reading

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