bifurcated trial
A trial that is divided into stages: one stage to establish guilt or liability, and the other stage to establish damages or punishment.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


bifurcated trial
One judicial proceeding that is divided into two stages in which different issues are addressed separately by the court.

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


bifurcated trial
One judicial proceeding that is divided into two stages in which different issues are addressed separately by the court.

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

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  • bifurcated trial — /bayfarkeytad tray(a)l/ Trial of issues separately, e.g. guilt and punishment, or guilt and sanity, in criminal trial. The trial of the liability issue in a personal injury or wrongful death case separate from and prior to trial of the damages… …   Black's law dictionary

  • bifurcated trial — /bayfarkeytad tray(a)l/ Trial of issues separately, e.g. guilt and punishment, or guilt and sanity, in criminal trial. The trial of the liability issue in a personal injury or wrongful death case separate from and prior to trial of the damages… …   Black's law dictionary

  • bifurcated trial — Separate trial of a particular issue, such as insanity in a criminal case. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 47 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • sanity trial — In some states the issues of sanity and guilt may be tried separately in a bifurcated trial …   Black's law dictionary

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  • bifurcate — I verb bisect, branch, branch off, branch out, cleave, cut in two, dichotomize, dimidiate, divaricate, diverge, divide into two, fork, form a fork, furcate, halve, part, partition, ramify, separate, split, sunder associated concepts: bifurcated… …   Law dictionary

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