bench trial
bench trial n: a trial in which there is no jury and the judge decides the case compare jury trial

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

bench trial
n.
A trial conducted by a judge without a jury. See also jury trial

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


bench trial
(USA) a trial before a judge without a jury.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


bench trial
A trial decided by a judge (sitting on the "bench"), without a jury.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


bench trial
A trial conducted before a judge presiding without a jury.

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


bench trial
I
A trial conducted before a judge presiding without a jury.
II (Also known as court trial.) Trial without a jury in which a judge decides the facts.

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

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