bench trial

Definition of "bench trial"
  1. A court case in which the judge makes the final decision, not a jury
How to use "bench trial" in a sentence
  1. In the bench trial, the judge considered all the evidence before making a ruling.
  2. He opted for a bench trial believing the judge would understand the complexities of his case.
  3. Having a bench trial eliminated the unpredictable element of a jury.

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