question of fact
question of fact see question 2

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

question of fact
A question that involves factual matters. In a legal proceeding, a jury (if there is one) will determine issues of fact, while only a judge can decide questions of law. For example, whether a defendant was present at the scene of a crime is a question of fact; whether mere presence meets the legal definition of a crime is a question of law.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


question of fact
n. An issue in dispute that is left to the jury to resolve, because it is not clearly covered by any law. A judge then rules on what the law says must be done. Questions of fact are usually decided in lower courts rather than on appeal.
See also fact-finder.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


question of fact
An issue that involves the resolution of a factual dispute or controversy and is within the sphere of the decisions to be made by a jury.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


question of fact
An issue that involves the resolution of a factual dispute or controversy and is within the sphere of the decisions to be made by a jury.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

question of fact
n.
   in a lawsuit or criminal prosecution, an issue of fact in which the truth or falsity (or a mix of the two) must be determined by the "trier of fact" (the jury or the judge in a non-jury trial) in order to reach a decision in the case. A "question of fact" may also be raised in a motion for summary judgment which asks the court to determine whether there are any questions of fact to be tried, allowing the judge to rule on the case (usually to dismiss the complaint) at that point without a trial. "Questions of fact" are distinguished from "questions of law," which can only be decided by the judge.
   See also: finding, judge, question of law

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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