bifurcated trial

Definition of "bifurcated trial"
  1. A trial split into two stages, the first determines guilt or liability, the second determines damages or punishment
How to use "bifurcated trial" in a sentence
  1. The judge recommended a bifurcated trial to speed up the proceedings.
  2. The attorney requested a bifurcated trial, hoping to get a more favorable result in the damage phase.
  3. In the bifurcated trial, after they found the company liable, another hearing was scheduled for the assessment of damages.

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